WATCH: ‘Prison Kids’ Documentary Explores Juvenile Justice System

By Kenrya Rankin Oct 05, 2015

There are more than 50,000 children locked in American jails and prisons on any given Monday. More than 67 percent of them are children of color. A new documentary from Fusion examines how they end up there and how their time behind bars impacted their lives.

Prison Kids: A Crime Against America’s Children,” features interviews with people who spent their youth in the juvenile justice system. The result is an hour-long doc – narrated by actress Gabourey Sidibe – that not only tells their personal stories, but exposes the far-reaching tentacles of a system that statistics show leads to increased probability of adult incarceration, sexual victimization and suicide for the minors who are tangled in it.

Fusion also started a petition asking the federal government to ban solitary confinement for minors.

The full-length “Prison Kids: A Crime Against America’s Children” is available now on Fusion. Watch the trailer below.