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Juvenile Justice in Context

The story of Keith Hicks

History of Documentary:

1994 - Keith Hicks participates in a gang-related homicide.  He is 17 years old.

1996 - Keith is sentence to life in prison without the possibility of parole

2012 - Supreme Court declares Juvenile Life Sentences w/o Parole (JLWOP) unconstitutional. Keith is entitled to a resentencing hearing (after another ruling in 2016 that made the 2012 decision retroactive)

2016 - PlaceLab (PL) and Dr. Eva Simms, in response to a request from the community, begin making the documentary

2017-2019 - Christian Nowlin, a film maker whose younger brother was friends with Keith, joined PL and set about creating the documentary as it currently stands

2020 - The Elsinore-Bennu Think Tank for Restorative Justice (EBTT) begins working with the issues brought up in the documentary

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