‘This documentary meets America’s young criminals growing up inside the teenage unit of Indiana’s maximum security Wabash prison. There’s Jesus Macedo Perez, 17, serving 65 years for murder, and Blake Layman, 15, also for murder and sentenced to 55 years. Heartbreaking.’

- The Guardian

‘The film subtly highlights the tragedy not only of the victims’ situation, but of perpetrators who let a moment of madness destroy their young lives.’

- The Daily Telegraph

‘This hard-hitting documentary looks at teenagers serving lengthy terms at Wabash Correctional Facility in America. It is home to 40 teens serving crimes including murder and armed robbery.’

- Daily Mirror

‘Watch this’

- The Guardian

‘Tonight’s picks’

- The Sun

‘Pick of the Day’

- The Guardian, Mail on Sunday

‘Critic’s choice’

- The Independent, Daily Mail

Kids Behind Bars

1 x 60'

UK Premiere 9pm, Tuesday 5th August 2014 on ITV1

They’ve been punished like adults but are still teenagers. In Wild Pictures’ latest prison documentary: Kids Behind Bars, we meet some of America’s youngest and most dangerous criminals growing up inside.

Indiana’s Wabash Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison, is home to 40 teenagers serving terms for up to 65 years for murder, armed robbery and battery. In the state of Indiana, children as young as 10 and charged with serious crimes can be tried and sentenced within the adult criminal justice system.

Their childhoods lost, these boys are fighting to come to terms with how just one moment of madness has completely devastated their young lives. Caught in a system that seems to work against them- what are their hopes for the future…

“I hate myself for what I did and I understand why people hate me. I get it. I hate myself too.”
-Jesus Macedo Perez, 17, serving 65 years for Murder

“We have several in here right now, who have seen a parent kill the other parent. And then we wonder, you know. It’s almost heart-breaking in some ways, what some of the things these young kids have gone through.”
-Aleta Burnett, Youth Case Manager, Wabash Correctional Facility

Executive Producer: Paul Hamann
Filmed, produced & directer by: Richard Wyllie
Associate Producer: Eloise King
Editor: Mac Mackenzie
Composer: Andy Cowton
Narrator: David Morrissey


Distributed by: ITV Studios Global Entertainment


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