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Young Kids, Hard Times to Premiere on MSNBC November 20

Written November 18th, 2011 by

“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.


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