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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
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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