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MIPTV Picks 2015 – Kid Criminals

This hard-hitting, two-part film takes viewers into Indiana's juvenile prisons, in which kids as young as 12 can be put behind bars.
April 1, 2015


Partners: Plum Pictures for Channel 4; distributed by Hat Trick International
Length: 2 x 60 minutes
Aired: February 2015 (UK)
Rights available: Worldwide
This hard-hitting, two-part film takes viewers into Indiana’s juvenile prisons, in which kids as young as 12 can be put behind bars. And though the inmates may be children, the crimes committed can be horribly shocking. But with an emphasis on treatment, the prisons aim to equip the inmates with the skills they need to successfully reintegrate into society. Kid Criminals gives the viewer a glimpse into this world through profiles of the kids themselves, prison guards and staff, and through examining the family lives of those who are spending significant parts of their childhood locked up.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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