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15 to Life Kenneth’s Story

15 to Life Kenneth’s Story
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  • This film played during the 2014 Florida Film Festival
  • Directed by: Nadine Pequeneza
  • USA, 2013, 83 minutes
  • Florida Premiere

The United States is the only country to sentence children to life in prison. In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the Graham v. Florida decision that it is unconstitutional to sentence juveniles to life in prison without the possibility of parole for non-homicide crimes. The United States has sentenced 129 juveniles to life for non-homicide, and of those, 77 were in Florida. Kenneth is one of those 77 now eligible for possible release. At 14, Kenneth committed armed robbery. His guilt is not questioned, but should the actions of a child, coerced by his mother’s adult crack dealer, condemn him to die behind bars? Has his decade in prison rehabilitated him? Is Kenneth the same person he was at 14? In a country that favors punishment over rehabilitation can we at least offer our children a second chance at life? The important and compelling 15 TO LIFE KENNETH’S STORY makes a powerful argument that his case, and most likely a few others, need to be reconsidered by the Florida judicial system.       

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