A Note about Internet Resources
Students need to be aware that Web sites sometimes present only one view of an issue. Encourage them to think about Web sites even as they are reading. Guiding questions as they review Web sites are: What to did you learn from this site? What didn't you learn from this site? Who sponsors this site? What bias might the sponsor have? How current is the site?
The companion Web site to the documentary features a state-by-state map showing statistics on juveniles sentenced to life without parole, profiles of the inmates featured in the report, extended interviews with legal experts, a conversation with the filmmaker and the opportunity to view the full program at any time in streaming video.
Articles About Juveniles Sentenced to Life Without Parole in Colorado
This Web site is a case study of Kevin C., a juvenile in Colorado sentenced to life without parole
This article is headlined "Teen Crime, Adult Time," with a subtitle: "Laws converge to put teens away forever."
This article asks whether Felony murder is a "legal fiction."
This article points out that the "scars of abuse [were] concealed" until a teen killed his stepfather.
This article tracks changes in Colorado's juvenile justice system after violence in the 1980s and '90s.
The Teen Brain
A FRONTLINE Web site examining the adolescent brain.
This PDF file discusses how adolescent brains are different than adult brains.
The Next Day Foundation was started by Erik Jensen, one of the inmates featured in When Kids Get Life. This page on the foundation's Web site offers a state-by-state listing of resources for teens who need help.
Information About Documentary Films
This Web site compares the grammar of written language to the "grammar" of film.
This Purdue University course handout lists and discusses how documentaries convey meaning.
This article, from the Christian Science Monitor argues that "in 'docu-ganda' films, balance is not the objective."