Chicago’s Cease Fire Making a Difference in Lives of Youth

Earlier this week, PBS’s Frontline aired The Interrupters, a documentary by director Steve James. James, best known perhaps for Hoop Dreams, spent a year filming in Chicago. He documented the efforts of Cease Fire, an organization that works to reduce and prevent gang violence in some of the most deadly parts of the city. The film highlights the model developed by Cease Fire. It is an approach to youth violence and crime in general that deserves more attention.

Frontline: Juvenile Justice Stories

Four kids, four crimes.  Two were treated as juveniles, two were sent to adult court.  Read their stories, then you decide. The PBS series Frontline looks at the adult vs. child debate, and talks to judges and lawyers.  They examine the scale of teen crime.  And they ask what makes a 6-year old nearly beat a baby to death.