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Coming Soon to POV: 15 to Life

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Watch the trailer: 15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story premieres Monday, August 4, 2014, at 10 PM on PBS stations. (Check local listings.)

Does sentencing a teenager to life without parole serve our society well? The United States is the only country in the world that routinely condemns children to die in prison. This is the story of one of those children, now a young man, seeking a second chance in Florida. At age 15, Kenneth Young received four consecutive life sentences for a series of armed robberies. Imprisoned for more than a decade, he believed he would die behind bars. Now a U.S. Supreme Court decision could set him free. 15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story follows Young’s struggle for redemption, revealing a justice system with thousands of young people serving sentences intended for society’s most dangerous criminals.

After the broadcast, visit the 15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story companion site to watch the full film online for free for a limited time following the broadcast (August 5 to September 3, 2014), explore the issues surrounding young people serving life sentences, learn from the filmmaker in an extended video interview, find out what’s happened since the cameras stopped rolling, download a discussion guide and other viewing resources, and ask filmmaker Nadine Pequeneza your questions live on Tuesday, August 5, 2014, (the day after broadcast) from 1 to 2 PM ET (10-11 AM PT).

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POV Staff
POV Staff
POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 300 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.