Today’s news from the Supreme Court brought back memories of a story I reported in 2006 for a BBC series on juvenile justice around the world. I traveled to Colorado to meet with young men serving life without parole for crimes they had committed when they were teenagers. I also met with families, prosecutors, officials, and activists. It was an emotional, enlightening, and enraging trip, and I think the story, which runs nearly 22 minutes, was as good as anything I’ve been involved in.
The piece was produced and narrated by Vera Frankl, a longtime Homelands friend and collaborator. The audio is still online – please click on the link above if you’re interested. Hundreds of people are in prison around the country for crimes they committed as juveniles; some did not engage in violence but were accessories to violent crimes committed by others.