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When Kids Commit Crimes
What's a Fair Sentence?
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There are thousands of juveniles, some as young as 12, serving life sentences with no hope of parole. Others are serving longer sentences in adult facilities or are warehoused in juvenile detention centers with few educational or health care services. Join us on this edition of Justice Talking as we take a look at how teenaged criminals are sentenced. Are kids who commit crimes being rehabilitated or are they returning to the streets in worse shape than ever?

Interview with Barry Feld
Host Margot Adler speaks with author and professor Barry Feld about the current state of juvenile justice administration in the U.S.

Barry Feld is a one of the nation's leading scholars of juvenile justice. As the Centennial Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School, he teaches criminal procedure, juvenile law, torts, and education and law. Among his recent publications are several case books on juvenile justice, including Bad Kids: Race and the Transformation of the Juvenile Court.

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Report from Maine
Reporter Kerry Seed travels to the state of Maine to tell us the stories of juveniles who have been sentenced to a detention facility there. Kerry Seed is a senior producer at WMPG's Blunt Youth Radio Project.

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Debate on the Issue
Criminologist Linda Collier debates attorney Deborah LaBelle over the appropriateness of adult sentences for underage offenders.

Linda J. Collier is the dean of social science and public services at Delaware County Community College in Media, PA. She is a practicing attorney and criminologist, and has written extensively on human rights, the juvenile justice system, and crime in both academic journals and the popular press. Ms. Collier supports the use of life sentences without parole in certain cases.

Deborah LaBelle, an attorney from Ann Arbor, Michigan, has been lead counsel in over a dozen class actions that have successfully challenged the treatment of incarcerated men, women and juveniles. LaBelle also directs the Juvenile Life Without Parole Initiative for the ACLU of Michigan. She recently sought a ruling from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights that sentencing juveniles to life terms violates universal human rights principles.

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The Mothers' Viewpoint
Host Margot Adler interviews Pamela Todd whose child is now serving life without parole for a murder committed at age 17 and Mika Moulton who lost her son to a parolee released after committing another murder at age 13.

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