“Young Kids, Hard Times,” an extraordinary documentary on youth prosecuted as adults, will premiere on MSNBC Sunday, November 20th at 7 p.m. PST.
The one-hour documentary, narrated by Rick Springfield, throws back the veil on the reality of young kids serving long sentences in adult prisons.
The film’s producers will host a live chat during and after the film on their Facebook page.
Here are some facts about juvenile sentencing in the United States:
- In 22 states plus the District of Columbia, children as young as seven can be tried and sentenced in adult court.
- The United States remains the only country in the world that still sentences juveniles to life without parole.
- Youth prosecuted and incarcerated in adult facilities are at dramatically greater risk of sexual assaults and are 36-times more likely to commit suicide than youth in juvenile detention.