Kids Behind Bars: Life or Parole

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  • 2019
  • 2 Seasons
  • 7.1  (127)

This documentary series follows eight inmates who were convicted of crimes as children and given mandatory life sentences. Following a Supreme Court ruling that found their sentences unconstitutional, the inmates turn to the legal system for re-sentencing. The series uses interviews with both the offenders and experts.

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The Malvo Effect
10. The Malvo Effect
October 7, 2021
Chronicles the "DC Sniper" murders, and the battle over sentencing one of the most notorious juvenile murderers in American history.
Miguel
9. Miguel
October 7, 2021
Miguel Gaitan is serving life without parole, but his possibility of release is complicated by his denial of any participation in the murders.
The Incorrigibles
8. The Incorrigibles
September 30, 2021
This special offers an in-depth, side by side examination of two explosive cases involving juveniles initially sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. On re-examination of the cases, the courts determined that only one of the offenders could be deemed "permanently incorrigible", and that the other should be set free.
Richard
7. Richard
September 30, 2021
Richard Kinder was 17 when he and a friend committed a robbery that ended in a young woman's death, and the serious injury of her boyfriend. Now 65, Richard has served nearly 50 years of a life without parole sentence. A model inmate, Richard believes he has demonstrated his rehabilitation, but questions linger regarding the victim's recollection of who incited the violence that night.
Malcolm
6. Malcolm
September 23, 2021
Malcolm Thrower was 17 when he stabbed and killed Marilyn Russell, a neighborhood woman who had offered to help the homeless teen. Now 28 and serving a life without parole sentence, Malcolm hopes to earn an opportunity for a reduced sentence, and forgiveness from Marilyn's family.
Justin
5. Justin
September 23, 2021
What drives a teenage boy to kill his own father? Justin Long was only 15 years old when he violently killed his adoptive father, Hoyt Long. Justin believes he finally snapped after years of corporal punishment. His adoptive siblings paint a picture of a disturbed young man not fit to be in society. Justin hopes to obtain a resentencing hearing to prove them wrong.
Billy
4. Billy
September 16, 2021
16-year-old William Najar shot and killed Michael Decker, who was camping in the Phoenix desert. Now 38, Najar is facing an upcoming resentencing hearing. As the episode dives deeper into William's upbringing and family dysfunction, it reveals a troubled mind careening toward self-destruction.
Deon
3. Deon
September 9, 2021
Seventeen-year-old Deon Haynes was sentenced to life in prison for killing former classmate Christy Davis in her home. Now 47, Deon has been granted a resentencing hearing, but his continued claim of innocence has brought his capacity for rehabilitation into question.
Dana
2. Dana
September 2, 2021
Dana Barker was only 17 when she killed her former stepmother Brenda in 1994. Back then, the court failed to consider the role of her father Joe in the crime, and the circumstances that led her to murder. Now 44, Dana is fighting for a resentencing hearing, although the state of Oklahoma maintains her case does not qualify for consideration.
Shelton
1. Shelton
August 26, 2021
Shelton Jackson was 17 when he was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder of Thomas Maynard, who tragically left behind a week-old baby boy. Now 48, Jackson has been granted a resentencing hearing that could result in his release, something Maynard's widow Leesa vehemently opposes.
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This documentary series follows eight inmates who were convicted of crimes as children and given mandatory life sentences. Following a Supreme Court ruling that found their sentences unconstitutional, the inmates turn to the legal system for re-sentencing. The series uses interviews with both the offenders and experts.

Kids Behind Bars: Life or Parole is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (19 episodes). The series first aired on April 30, 2019.

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Kids Behind Bars: Life or Parole is available for streaming on the A&E website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Kids Behind Bars: Life or Parole on demand at Apple TV+, Amazon Prime, Philo, Amazon, Hulu, A&E, Google Play, Apple TV and Pluto TV.

  • Premiere Date
    April 30, 2019
  • IMDB Rating
    7.1  (127)