"Kids Behind Bars: Life or Parole" is an original documentary series that tells the individual stories of previously convicted child offenders, sentenced to mandatory life terms without parole, who are now seeking resentencing following a United States Supreme Court ruling. While some may be resentenced to life, others could be immediately released or given a new sentence ...
In 2011, 14-year-old Aaron shot his neighbor, 14-year-old Alana, in her home in Harlem, Georgia. Aaron was sentenced to life without parole at 15, but now at 21-years-old, is appealing his sentence.
In 1995, 15-year-old Curtis was one of four teens involved in the death of Christopher as they attempted to steal his car. Curtis was sentenced to life in prison without parole. After 23 years in jail, he has been granted a resentencing.
In 2010, 17-year-old Preston was one of three teens involved in the murder of Christopher during an attempted robbery. Preston was sentenced to life without parole. Now 25, he has been granted a resentencing hearing.
In 1992, 15-year-old Bobby shot his girlfriend Krissi's mother and father as they slept in their home. Bobby was sentenced to life despite claims he was manipulated into committing the murder. He now hopes to appeal his sentence.
In 2001, a group of teens, including 15-year-old Brandon, kidnapped and raped Melissa, a college student. Brandon was sentenced to 141 years in prison without parole. Seventeen years later, he has been granted the opportunity for a new sentence.
In 1990, 15-year-old James killed his stepmother and three young brothers, and then set their home on fire. Twenty-seven years later, James' legal team is arguing that his original sentence is unconstitutional and that he should be resentenced.
In 1998, 16-year-old Otis broke into Valerie's home and allegedly tried to rob her. During the attempt, Valerie and her 16-year-old daughter, Valene, were shot. Otis was sentenced to life without parole. Otis has been granted a resentencing hearing.
In 1999, Ronald and two other teens sought to retaliate against Cordell for an alleged sexual assault ultimately burning him alive. Ronald and his girlfriend were sentenced to life without parole. Ronald has been granted a resentencing hearing.