Convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison as a teenager, Anthony Rolon is one of some 2,000 offenders hoping for a second chance in the wake of a Supreme Court decision that found mandatory life sentences for juveniles convicted of murder unconstitutional.
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In the above excerpt from “Second Chance Kids,” go inside the parole hearing that will decide Rolon’s fate. Watch as Rolon and his legal team argue for his release after 18 years, and as the family of Bobby Botelho — his victim — argues against it. As other juvenile offenders across the country await their potential re-sentencing, the documentary asks tough questions about crime and punishment in America, and what happens when some offenders are given a second chance.
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