Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Locking the Kids Away

Miles Moffeit and Kevin Simpson of the Denver Post concluded a terrific four-part investigative series today on young teens who are convicted of felonies as adults and then sentenced to life in prison. "Teen Crime, Adult Time" examines in great detail how some of these teens may indeed be innocent but had little support from lawyers or others as they tried to navigate the court system at ages as young as 14. Others were denied any chance at rehabilitation. Moffeit and Simpson skillfully weave together anecdotes, data analysis and policy explanations. Along with photographer Glenn Asakawa, they succeed in putting a human face on young people that most of society would rather forget about.


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