Sentencing Children: The Bill

Under Tennessee law, a child can be tried in adult court, and if convicted of first-degree murder, can be sentenced to life in prison, or life with a possibility of parole after 51 years. State legislators think that law is too harsh and in 2016 a bipartisan team worked with lawyers and a judge to propose a new reform law.

Air Date 8/9/17

 
Embed
To embed this video, copy and paste the code above.
This acclaimed Emmy Award-winning anthology series features documentaries and a limited number of fiction films united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement and unflinching visions of their independent producers. INDEPENDENT LENS features unforgettable stories about a unique individual, community or moment in history. The series is supported by interactive companion Web sites and national publicity and community engagement campaigns.
Upcoming Air Dates
  • #1616 — 1971 |
    Saturday, Oct 28 at 10:30pm TPT LIFE
  • #1616 — 1971 |
    Sunday, Oct 29 at 4:30am TPT LIFE
  • #1616 — 1971 |
    Monday, Oct 30 at 10:30pm TPT 2
  • #1616 — 1971 |
    Tuesday, Oct 31 at 4:30am TPT 2
  • #1616 — 1971 |
    Saturday, Nov 4 at 9pm TPT LIFE
  • #1522 — The Kill Team/Confusion Through Sand
    "Kill Team" Venture behind closed doors to learn the harrowing story of a 21-year-old U.S. infantryman in Afghanistan who - with the help of his father - attempted to alert the military to heinous war crimes being committed by his platoon. By Dan Krauss. "Confusion Through Sand" - Director Danny Madden's animated short film tells the story of a teenage military recruit alone and scared in a hostile desert.
    Saturday, Nov 25 at 10:30pm TPT LIFE
    Sunday, Nov 26 at 4:30am TPT LIFE
  • #1616 — 1971
    In 1971, eight citizens broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, took hundreds of damning secret files and shared them with the public and the press. Now, for the first time, they tell their story. By Johanna Hamilton.
    Saturday, Oct 28 at 10:30pm TPT LIFE
    Sunday, Oct 29 at 4:30am TPT LIFE
    Monday, Oct 30 at 10:30pm TPT 2
    Tuesday, Oct 31 at 4:30am TPT 2
    Saturday, Nov 4 at 9pm TPT LIFE
    Sunday, Nov 5 at 3am TPT LIFE
  • #1701 — Stray Dog
    From the director of the Oscar-nominated Winter's Bone comes this portrait of a motorcycle-riding Vietnam veteran. There's more to Ronnie "Stray Dog" Hall than meets the eye; behind the tattoos and leather vest is a man dedicated to helping his fellow vets and immigrant family as he comes to terms with his combat experience.
    Saturday, Nov 4 at 10:30pm TPT LIFE
    Sunday, Nov 5 at 4:30am TPT LIFE
  • #1703 — Mimi and Dona
    Meet an unforgettable mother-daughter duo facing tough choices as they age. For 92-year-old Mimi, still caring for disabled 64-year-old daughter Dona, it means that love has run out of time and she must find her daughter a new home.
    Sunday, Nov 26 at 5pm TPT LIFE
  • #1813 — Seed: The Untold Story
    Follow passionate seed keepers around the world who are determined to protect humanity's 12,000-year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94 percent of seed varieties have disappeared.
    Sunday, Nov 19 at 1pm TPT 2
  • #1901 — Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary
    Chasing Trane is about an outside-the-box thinker whose boundary-shattering music continues to impact and influence people around the world. This portrait of a remarkable jazz artist reveals the critical events, passions, experiences and challenges that shaped the life of John Coltrane and his revolutionary sounds.
    New Monday, Nov 6 at 10pm TPT 2
    Tuesday, Nov 7 at 4am TPT 2
    Saturday, Nov 11 at 9pm TPT LIFE
    Sunday, Nov 12 at 3am TPT LIFE
  • #1902 — Shadow World
    Based on Andrew Feinstein's globally acclaimed book The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade, Shadow World reveals the shocking realities of the global arms trade - the only business that counts its profits in billions and its losses in human lives.
    New Monday, Nov 20 at 10:05pm TPT 2
    Tuesday, Nov 21 at 4:05am TPT 2
    Saturday, Nov 25 at 9pm TPT LIFE
    Sunday, Nov 26 at 3am TPT LIFE

Introducing

Watch even more of your favorite PBS and TPT shows online.

Learn More

“I’m a TPT member to support the amazing kids’ programming!”

Become A Member
Top