Juvies is a serious look at kids being tried as adults. Narrated by Mark Wahlberg, Juvies asks: Who are they? What in their past led them to get caught in the criminal justice system? And, finally, is trying kids as adults the best solution we have to solving the problem of youth crime? The underlying subtext of this theme questions what in our American culture has caused us to demonize our youth and allow the collapse of the juvenile justice system, a system that was originally designed to protect them.
The stories highlighted in Juvies show how each child falls into the criminal justice system – a system, which has evolved into a style of vending machine justice. A wide range of stories is told, each representing a different problem contributing to juvenile crime: sex and teenage pregnancy, gang associations, child abuse and neglect, drug abuse, parental problems and running away from home.
Juvies has completed a very successful 10-city/50-school tour around the United States to the states with the highest level of juvenile incarceration. The film also inspired and spearheaded the writing of two bills in the California legislature to help juveniles incarcerated as adults.
As a result of the film and related advocacy work, the sentence of Duc Ta, one of the major stories in the film, was reduced from 35-to-Life to 11-to-Life, moving his parole date from 2031 to 2010.
On November 2, 2005, the film will air on HBO’s Cinemax Reel Life Presents. Check your local listings for the correct time in your area.
- Pass Award From The National Council On Crime & Delinquency, 2005
- National Mental Health Association, President’s Award, 2005
- Cine Golden Eagle Award For Excellence, 2004
- Nominated for 2004 IDA Award For Distinguished Feature
- Special Jury Award for Best Documentary, San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, 2004
- Slate Award for Best Documentary, California Independent Film Festival, 2004
- Special Jury Award for Feature Length Documentary, Urbanworld Film Festival, 2004
- Jury Award for Best Documentary, Beverly Hills Film Festival, 2004
- U.S. International Film and Video Festival Certificate For Creative Excellence, 2004
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