In 2012, the United States Supreme Court ruled that mandatory life sentences without parole for juveniles violated the 8th Amendment.
In 2016, the Court ruled that the prior decision must be applied retroactively, allowing previously convicted child offenders to seek possible resentencing.
Now, eight previously convicted child offenders across the country are seeking freedom in A&E’s new docuseries Kids Behind Bars: Life or Parole, premiering April 30 on the network.
Each episode chronicles a new chilling case through exclusive commentary from those closest to them: the convicted offenders, leading psychologists, law enforcement and reporters. It’ll also present new evidence that has come to light, real-time updates as the resentencing unfolds, and the impact of the crimes on communities everywhere.
“Timely, groundbreaking non-fiction programming is where A&E shines and while this series is chilling, it’s a riveting and honest look into our criminal justice system and the impact these landmark court cases are having on those within our communities right now,” Elaine Frontain Bryant, executive vice president and head of programming for A&E, said in a statement.
Kids Behind Bars: Life Or Parole premieres April 30 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on A&E.