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Join the Online Video Chat with ’15 to Life’ Filmmaker Nadine Pequeneza

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Update: This chat has ended (watch the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3h2ixTqFxhA). Thank you to all who participated and submitted questions.

Filmmaker Nadine Pequeneza of 15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story will join POV for an online video chat on Tuesday, August 5, 2-3 PM ET (11 AM-12 PM PT). She will be joined by Jody Kent Lavy, director of the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth, and Jeanne Bishop, a Chicago public defender whose sister, brother-in-law and their unborn child were killed by a teenager, to take your questions about making the documentary and issues surrounding young people serving life sentences.

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.

Ask the subject and filmmaker questions by posting your comments below.

Here is an overview of the event:

Where: Online on POV’s Google+ page

When: Tuesday, August 5, 2-3 PM ET (11 AM-12 PM PT).

Who: Filmmaker Nadine Pequeneza, Jody Kent Lavy, director of the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth, and Jeanne Bishop, a Chicago public defender whose family members were victims of gun violence, will attend.

How: Go to the Google+ event page to watch the live video. Let us know you’re coming and get your questions in early by RSVPing on the Google+ event page. You can also leave your question as a comment on this post or by tweeting with the hashtag #docchat. If you are accessing the chat via a mobile device, you will need the Hangouts app which must be synced to YouTube. Download the app for iOS or Android devices. If you miss the event, revisit this page later for a recorded video of the discussion.

On August 4, 2014 at 10 PM, POV will present the national broadcast premiere of 15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story on PBS (Check local listings). The film will be available for streaming on the POV website from August 5 to September 3, 2014.

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POV Staff
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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.
  • LiverpoolFC

    the real injustice is the mother walking out of court building seemingly free of all responsibility. I’m amazed her son can still use the “hope”. Hope some young lawyer stays on this case.

    • bemused

      How is the mother free of all responsibility? She stated her drug abuse problems and she is clean now and trying to get her son out of jail. When you live under the oppression of systemic poverty in America things are not so cut and dry!

  • MICK

    THE US SHOULD TRY ITSELF 4 THE 20 MILLION NATIVE PEOPLE IT KILLED TO FORM THE USA BEFORE IT TRYS ANOTHER.
    US PRISON IS A MORE EFFECTIVE FORM OF SLAVERY FOR THE BLACK MAN.ON THE PLANATION HE HAD A CHANCE TO ESCAPE,TODAY NO ONE BREAKS OUT OF A US PRISON

  • Elliott

    This was incredibly disheartening and a true testament of life in the United States for men of color of all ages, particularly black males. It is shameful that many of them become lifelong criminals without the benefit of rehabilitation. What’s worse is that many of those who are judging them are responsible for their very misfortunes. Sad, sad, world. Thankfully, in the end, God will be not only judge those society considers criminals, but those who allow them to suffer unjustly.

  • Jean Martinelli

    I am so very saddened after watching this documentary. My husband and I were completely shocked by the way it ended, with the heartless lack of concern or any semblance of empathy exhibited by the judge.
    Kenneth is a fine, young man, a man who truly deserves freedom, and anyone can see that who has a brain and a heart.

    • Kim

      My husband and i felt the same way when the show ended…..

  • katt

    i am completely disgusted with that judge. i know how messed up the system can be. i live in alabama where my brother that was 16 yrs old at the time, was shot in the head by a guy that was 18 yrs old and he didnt even know my brother. the guy shot 3 times into by brothers vehicle and just barely missed hitting 2 of my other brothers that were also in the vehicle. well since the guy plead youthful offender and my brother survived, the judge sentenced the guy to 2 years jail time but only served 8 months. i see this guy out farely often and its hard not to kill him myself! dont get me wrong, he has felt the fear because he came close to getting his brains splattered that very night he shot my brother. to make matters worse my brother died in a car accident a few years after he got shot. but my point is, here is this guy walking free (he also has an extensive criminal history, go figure that) without a care in the world but yet this man who commited a less awful crime as a child is given a worst sentence than if he would have shot someone in the head. wtf is wrong with this world? Alot of grown men that rape women and beat their spouses dont spend near that amount of time. Kenneth deserves to walk free right now!!!