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When Kids Get Life By Frontline: Documentary Analysis

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In a recent documentary, When Kids Get Life, by Frontline we learn about a young man named Jacob Ind who was tried as an adult at the age of 16 for murdering his parents. He got life without parole in prison. Growing up Jacob describes his home being full of fear and anxiety, he never knew what mood his parents where going to be in. Him and his older brother were emotionally and physically abused. They were also sexually abuse by their stepfather but that was something neither of them really spoke about. Charles, the older brother left the home as soon as he had an opportunity and went to seek the help of social services and ask them to look after his brother. He then shared what was going on in their home. A few months later Jacob ends up…show more content…
They’re not only being put away from others but they’re being placed in a dangerous environment. Children are defenseless compared to adult criminals. They can be sharing a cellblock with a rapist, pedophile, or a serial killer to where they wont be able to protect themselves from harm. In the article “Juvenile justice: Speakers at California parish strip away illusions of fairness of the U.S. system”, a speaker named Leslie Neale who filmed a documentary called “Juvies” experienced an emotional rollercoaster when seeing what these powerless kids go through. Neale said, "I've heard the fear in the voice of a young man telling me he was tied up to the bunk for fun by his adult cellmates, the fear as a kid describes listening to the cries of someone being raped, girls who take 'wives' so they can be taken care of with sundries such as shampoo and soap." No one ever thinks this far when placing a child in prison. They only think of locking them away incase they commit another crime. In prison, couple things that are rarely provided are rehabilitation programs and education. Children who want to get help are usually left hopeless. When juveniles are placed in adult prisons, they’re sent without knowing that there is no future for them. Neale stated, “I've talked many through suicidal thoughts, knowing that if I told the authorities the kids would be locked in solitary rather than spoken to with heart and love.” This shows that juveniles have to face their problems themselves and are led to desperate decisions because prisons don’t seem to care or show any sympathy towards them. In the article, “Juveniles don’t deserve life sentences” by Gail Garinger, it states “79 young adolescents have been sentenced to die in prison—a sentence not imposed on children anywhere else in the world.” The author also mentions that these children were
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