Jaya Saxena and Mary Emily O’Hara @ The Daily Dot
On Friday, an online campaign saw hundreds of tweets and posts with the #FreeBresha hashtag, as supporters shared petitions demanding that Meadows be released from the Trumbull County Juvenile Detention Center in Ohio.
According to a report titled Gender Injustice by the National Crittenton Foundation, 84 percent of girls in juvenile incarceration have experienced family violence. The attorney for Meadows, Ian Friedman, told Cleveland.com last week that ample evidence of the domestic violence exists—including hospital records, government agency reports, and statements by witnesses.
“No adult should ever experience a fraction of what this young girl dealt with on a daily basis,” Friedman told Cleveland.com. “In Bresha’s mind, she had no choice but to protect her mother and siblings.”
On August 30, a Trumbull County Family Court hearing will decide whether Meadows should be tried as an adult—becoming the youngest girl ever sent to an Ohio adult prison—or remain in juvenile detention until she turns 21. She is charged with aggravated murder.