Old Enough To Do Time: Juvenile Justice Policies

"If you're old enough to do the crime, you're old enough to do the time." This documentary investigates the results of this stern policy, a departure from earlier attitudes when juvenile courts were established specifically to help young people reform. We see juveniles as young as thirteen being tried as adults and incarcerated with adult criminals.

This program also shows us four alternative correctional programs; one where minors are referred to community boards instead of the courts; a second, based on a wilderness "outward bound" program; a third, based on a residential model; and a fourth, a "tracking" program which keeps close tabs on youthful offenders.

The documentary concludes that by locking up juveniles we gain some short term relief from crime, but in the long run we may be giving up on children who could have been turned around.


American Psychological Association, 1987
EMMY Nomination, 1984
Silver Gavel Award, American Bar Association,1984


"Moderately paced and clearly filmed, this coverage of punitive measures and rehabilitation techniques will stimulate discussion." Booklist
"This documentary ought at least to be watched by all public officials..." - America Magazine
"The time has come to rethink and reformulate our strategies aimed at preventing juvenile crime. Greater public understanding of the issues is a key element in bringing this about. This film helps do just that." - New York Tribune

Old Enough To Do Time: Juvenile Justice Policies


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