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A&E readies docuseries about children in the justice system

A&E Network is preparing a forthcoming docuseries about convicted child offenders in the American judicial system. Produced by The Intellectual Property Corporation, an Industrial Media company, the eight-part series Kids Behind Bars: ...
April 2, 2019

A&E Network is preparing a forthcoming docuseries about convicted child offenders in the American judicial system.

Produced by The Intellectual Property Corporation, an Industrial Media company, the eight-part series Kids Behind Bars: Life or Parole tells the individual stories of eight previously convicted child offenders sentenced to mandatory life terms without parole.

In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, in Miller v. Alabama, that mandatory life terms without parole for juveniles violated the 8th Amendment, thus, giving these child offenders the ability to seek resentencing.

The forthcoming series chronicles the crimes as well as the emotional impact of the victims’ family and friends as they come face-to-face with the reality that these convicted offenders could be released back into their communities. The focus of the series will be divided between the facts of these heinous crimes when they were committed, along with new evidence; and real-time updates regarding potential release, parole hearings, and resentencing.

Each episode will also include exclusive commentary from the convicted offenders behind bars, as well as psychologists, law enforcement officials and journalists closest to each case as they offer their own perspective on how each case is impacted by the Supreme Court ruling.

Executive producers for IPC are Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman, showrunner Peter LoGreco and Joshua Rofe. Executive producers for A&E are Elaine Frontain Bryant, Amy Savitsky and Devon Graham Hammonds.

A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for the series.

Kids Behind Bars: Life Or Parole premieres on April 30 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on A&E.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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