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Does sentencing a teenager to life in prison without parole serve our society well?

child appearing in juvenile court PHOTO COURTESY HIT PLAY PRODUCTIONS

Child appearing in juvenile court PHOTO COURTESY HIT PLAY PRODUCTIONS

The United States is the only country in the world that routinely condemns children to die in prison. Does sentencing a teenager to life in prison without parole serve our society well? 

“15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story”  is the story of Kenneth Young, now a young man, seeking a second chance in Florida. At age 15, Young received four consecutive life sentences for a series of armed robberies. Imprisoned for more than a decade, he believed he would die behind bars. Now a U.S. Supreme Court decision could set him free. “15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story” follows Young’s struggle for redemption, revealing a justice system with thousands of young people serving sentences intended for society’s most dangerous criminals.

WATCH: POV’s “15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story” Monday, Aug. 4, at 10 p.m. on PBS’s POV (Point of View) documentary series. (Check local listings.) It will stream on POV’s website, www.pbs.org/pov/15toLife/, from Aug 5- Sept.  4.

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