15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story is a new documentary that will be shown on PBS on August 4, 2014. Check local listings for exact times. The documentary will be available online from August 5, 2014-September 3, 2014. The movie trailer is available here.
“In June 2000, 14-year-old Kenneth Young was convinced by a 24-year-old neighborhood crack dealer — Kenneth’s mother’s supplier — to join him on a month-long spree of four armed robberies. The older man planned the Tampa, Fla. heists and brandished the pistol — and, on one occasion, he was talked out of raping one of the victims by his young partner. Fortunately, no one was physically injured during the crimes, although the trauma that resulted was immeasurable.
When they were caught, Kenneth didn’t deny his part. It was his first serious scrape with the law. But at 15, he was tried under Florida law as an adult. Astoundingly, he received four consecutive life sentences — guaranteeing that he would die in prison. 15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story follows the young African-American man’s battle for release, after more than 10 years of incarceration, much of it spent in solitary confinement.
The film is also a disturbing portrait of an extraordinary fact: The United States is the only country in the world that condemns juveniles to life without parole.”
For more information on juveniles sentenced to life without parole in Indiana following the U.S. Supreme Court decision Miller v. Alabama, see this prior post that includes links to prior Indiana Law Blog posts.
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