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.