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This film explores the personal stories of twelve juveniles, male and female, at Los Angeles Central Juvenile Hall who were prosecuted and incarcerated as adults. Based on the work of students in a video production class taught by Leslie Neale at the Los Angeles Central Juvenile Hall.
2005; 2003
Clemons (Stacks)

Old Enough to Do Time: Juvenile Justice Policies

"If you re old enough to do the crime, you re old enough to do the time." This documentary investigates the results of this stern policy, a departure from earlier attitudes when juvenile courts were established specifically to help young people reform. We see juveniles as young as thirteen being tried as adults and incarcerated with adult criminals. This program also shows us four alternative correctional programs; one where minors are referred to community boards instead of the courts; a second, based on a wilderness "outward bound" program; a third, based on a residential model; and a fourth, a "tracking" program which keeps close tabs on youthful offenders. The documentary concludes that by locking up juveniles we gain some short term relief from crime, but in the long run we may [...]

Juvenile Sex Offenders [electronic resource]: Voices Unheard

An average pedophile will molest 363 children in his or her lifetime. This program goes to a lock-down and into the community to develop a profile of juvenile sex offenders and to study the pioneering work of organizations attempting to reintegrate offenders into society. Interviews with experts reveal the causes behind the actions of young sex offenders, including sex abuse in their own young lives. At the Family Service Society in Marion, Indiana, offenders, some voluntarily and others under court order, engage in unique therapy sessions. There intervention, designed to prevent them from carrying their activities into their adult lives, helps them understand and correct their habitual behavior.
2006; 1997

Hard Time [electronic resource]: Teens in Maximum Security Prisons

Every Wednesday another busload of new inmates arrives at the Western Youth Institution in Morganton, North Carolina, a maximum security prison for juvenile offenders. What trade-offs do the convicts have to make, just to stay alive in this hostile environment? And what will they be like if they eventually make it back into society? In this program, ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer reports on prison life through the experiences of four new teenage inmates-one only 13 years old. A follow-up two years later reveals the impact of their incarceration on their minds and bodies, best summed up by the words of one of the four: "This is not the place to be.
2006; 1999

Punishing Parents [electronic resource]: Who Is Responsible for Delinquent Kids?

In the eyes of the law, how wide are the parameters of parental responsibility? And how aware are parents and teachers of what goes on when they are not around? In this program, ABC News correspondent John Stossel gathers opinions in the heated debate over accountability for a child's delinquent actions by talking with parents, children, survivors, and the judges who are handing down rulings on where exactly to place the blame. Suits against parents for alleged criminal negligence in cases of school shootings, underage drinking and drug use, DWI-related deaths involving minors, and acts of vandalism are addressed. Indecent behavior on and off school grounds is also discussed.
2009; 2000

Missouri's Different Approach to Juvenile Justice [electronic resource]

In Missouri, a different method of juvenile detention has seen surprisingly successful results, trading in orange jumpsuits and cell blocks for therapists and dorm rooms. This edition of Primetime spends a year with the hard-core offenders at Waverly Regional Youth Center and Rosa Parks Center to see how a combination of nurturing and discipline are transforming inmates into potentially productive members of society-and for half the average national cost of juvenile incarceration. Provided with a strict and stable environment for perhaps the first time in their lives, these damaged young convicts are coming to terms with their past so they can pursue a better future.
2010; 2009

Death Row Kids [electronic resource]

They think we're beasts. So says a condemned murderer, succinctly expressing the view of many Americans. But this killer committed his crime when he was 17, and asks for compassion on those grounds. Filmed prior to the March 1, 2005, U.S. Supreme Court ruling barring execution for underage offenses, Death Row Kids tells the stories of confused and frightened young people awaiting the ultimate penalty. The program also alludes to medical findings that a 17-year-old's brain lacks fully developed decision-making capabilities. The result is a provocative inquiry into complex issues of personal responsibility and the likelihood of criminal rehabilitation.

Young Criminals, Adult Punishment [electronic resource]

As crimes committed by youngsters become progressively more violent, the criminal justice system must decide whether harsh sentences given out to adult criminals, including capital punishment, should also apply to violent young offenders. This ABC News Nightline examines the issue through the eyes of young criminals, their families, and attorneys, prosecutors, and law enforcement officials. Herbert Hoelter of the National Criminal Justice Commission examines the various state laws governing juvenile punishment. He suggests rehabilitation for kids who commit violent crimes but do not fall into the category of "super-predators" who may never benefit from rehabilitation.

Building Momentum in Education [electronic resource]

This poignant compilation of four Momentum films - including Dreams of Education, Escaping Destiny, Ready to Learn, and Street Lessons - focuses on the importance students find in education and the various programs aimed at keeping children in school and out of trouble. It discusses the Pioneer Program, an educational initiative that has been implemented in a juvenile detention center in Ontario and how it has helped break the cycle of violence. Important lessons are bestowed in this documentary, including one from a 43-year-old homeless man who dropped out of school at the age of 13. This video equips students with the self-confidence they need to trust in the teachings they gain, while reinforcing that old cycles can be broken.

The Child Welfare System [electronic resource]: In the Child's Best Interest

Winner of the national Edward R. Murrow Award and several Emmy Awards, this documentary contains extraordinary footage of actual juvenile court proceedings involving sexual abuse - including interviews with the kids and families affected, as well as with the juvenile judges and service professionals charged with helping at-risk kids and families.

Devon, Kenneth, and Kentrell: Part 1 [electronic resource]

Filmed inside Indiana's Lake County Juvenile Justice Complex, this documentary is one in a series of programs exploring where juvenile crime begins, how it evolves, and what's at stake for kids, families, and professionals in the system. Featured in this episode (the first of two parts) are the stories of Kenneth Gant and his brother, Kentrell - two brothers from Gary, Indiana; and Devon, a young man on the verge of aging out of the juvenile system.

Devon, Kenneth, and Kentrell: Part 2 [electronic resource]

Filmed inside Indiana's Lake County Juvenile Justice Complex, this documentary is one in a series of programs exploring where juvenile crime begins, how it evolves, and what's at stake for kids, families, and professionals in the system. Featured in this episode (the second of two parts) are the stories of Kenneth Gant and his brother, Kentrell - two brothers from Gary, Indiana; and Devon, a young man on the verge of aging out of the juvenile system.

Juvenile Process Overview [electronic resource]: Through the System

Caught breaking into cars at a local train station, two teenaged brothers are sent to Lake County Juvenile Complex in Crown Point, Indiana. Both believe they'll be out within a couple of days. But since they are previous offenders with multiple violations, they now face the very real possibility of long-term detention, with their ultimate fate hinging on a series of hearings and evaluations that neither expected to go through. Following the brothers from the night of their intake to their eventual placement in separate residential facilities, this video illustrates with unflinching clarity and detail the procedural challenges that many juvenile defendants face when they are incarcerated. The legal, sociological, and psychological aspects of the case are further examined through one-o [...]

Children in Crisis [electronic resource]: The Chelsea Felton Story

Since she was a toddler, Chelsea Felton displayed severe behavioral problems that left her mother, Linda, unable to care for her. Dramatic mood swings, violent outbursts, and false calls to emergency 911 operators claiming her mother is dead all led Linda to finally give her child away to the custody of the state. This program covers Chelsea's story from its beginning when her mother makes the wrenching decision to turn her daughter over to the state for care and rehabilitation, her placement at a residential treatment facility, and the follow-up seven years later. Included are interviews with Chelsea and her mother, the family's social worker, placement facility staff, and others.

Addressing Sexual Misconduct in the Juvenile Corrections Environment [electronic resource]

This program combines exclusive on-the-job footage of corrections staff as they address the challenges of sexual victimization on a day-to-day basis. The addition of unprecedented interviews with incarcerated youth and candid conversations with subject-matter experts makes this video a truly unique training tool. Contains explicit language.

Juvenile Correction Facilities [electronic resource]

No one yearns to experience the inside of a prison-but to understand the American criminal justice system and those who enter it at an early age, spending a couple of nights behind bars yields powerful results. This ABC News program is the product of unprecedented access to Arizona's juvenile correction facilities, documenting six months in the lives of inmates between 12 and 17 years old. Although the settings can be violent, the young interviewees display remarkable honesty, resilience, and hope for the future, reminding viewers that even in "juvie," opportunities for learning and self-discovery are still available.
2006; 2005

Brother 2 Brother [electronic resource]: Positive Personal Change for at-Risk Youths

Many at-risk youths see negative lifestyles such as hustling drugs as the only real alternatives open to them. Introspective in tone, this documentary presents a different point of view through the emotional journey of at-risk young black men attending an intensive retreat led by older black men whose life experiences qualify them as powerful mentors for positive personal change. Overall, the participants come away with a stronger sense of themselves, a new bond of brotherhood as a group, and a feeling of connection with elders who have faced similar circumstances and succeeded in turning their lives around.
2006; 2004

The Age of Consent [electronic resource]: Sex and the American Legal System

In this ABC News program, John Stossel sheds light on troubling issues involving sexual behavior and criminal justice. Case studies include the story of 18-year-old Jon, who spent a year in jail after having sex with a 14-year-old girl-although her father later regretted pressing charges and tried to have Jon removed from Florida's sex offender registry. Other reports concern an alleged sex offender who was "framed" by his younger sister, a father whose sexual transgression as a teenager now impacts his freedom as a parent, and the prevalence of double standards among American parents and politicians. Megan's Law is a featured topic.
2009; 2007

It's Not Only Murder [electronic resource]: Discovering the Violence in Your Life, Grades 7-12

This powerful video demonstrates why violence is not just the stuff of headline news. Young people will gain greater awareness of the destructiveness of certain behaviors seen every day in our classrooms, homes, and neighborhoods. Offers motivational material for young people interested in increasing their personal commitment against violence.

Juveniles Locked Up: Pt. 1 [electronic resource]

In the Ventura School, California's showcase juvenile prison, inmates discuss how drugs and alcohol, lack of family support, and gang involvement have influenced their lives. The program also looks at Adult Time For Adult Crime, a program in Dade County, FL, which sends more kids to adult court than any other county in the U.S. Those who prosecute, defend, and judge young offenders explain how our society has come to the point where the age of the defendant is no longer a mitigating factor-and how 14-year-olds are being sentenced to life behind bars. But there are alternatives to that kind of traditional sentencing of young, violent offenders which are explored in a report from the Last Chance Ranch, a work-study lockup rooted in firm discipline, treatment, and rehabilitation.
2005; 1995