Juvenile film 

JUVENILE explores how communities across the country are breaking and remaking their justice systems. Driven by youth perspectives, the film focuses on the personal stories of five young people who contemplate their pathways into the system, the impact of their justice involvement, and their personal journeys of trauma and healing. Weaving their stories into the national context, experts with lived experience reveal the difficult but necessary steps that all communities must take when they choose to disrupt the cradle to prison pipeline.

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the  juvenile  project

The Juvenile Project provides a forum for sharing the stories of the young people, parents, and advocates whom we’ve interviewed during our research & pre-production phase of the feature film JUVENILE.

We developed this website to facilitate access to these interviews in their entirety, so they could become part of the public discourse about juvenile justice in our country. We hope that you take the time to listen and learn from the personal experiences of those who have been directly involved in these systems in various jurisdictions and states.

We have intentionally left the audio interviews un-edited, to create transparency both to the full voice of each speaker and their stories as they spoke them, and also to our questions, which reveal our underlying assumptions and evolving perspectives as interviewers.

We recognize and honor each person who chose to participate. We deeply appreciate the fact that sharing stories of trauma can be traumatizing in itself. Each participant has entrusted their voice to this platform with remarkable bravery, and we are deeply grateful to every one.


Community Partners


Cat + Fish and True Story Pictures serve as the lead production partners on this project, which is made possible with support from Just City, the Shelby County Public Defenders Office, and the National Juvenile Defender Center.