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Could you forgive? There are no easy answers, but LOST FOR LIFE will begin that very important dialogue. If you would like to show the film or be in touch with the filmmakers, please contact me at Maryellen@pendulumfoundation.com. And check out these links. Regardless of where you think you stand on the issue of redemption vs. retribution, you will find there are no easy answers. Link to Lost for Life first trailer, press kit, and more: http://www.snagfilms.com/lostforlife Separate YouTube Trailer Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=NUVB5kzp5ZA Huffington Post review:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nancy-doyle-palmer-/lost-for-life- resolution-_b_3558941.html Nantucket Film Interview (20 minutes) If the link doesn’t take you directly there, type in Lost for Life and/or Joshua Rofe http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwozGzwCkFU
LOST FOR LIFE, a powerful documentary about juveniles who committed heinous crimes and are serving life sentences, asks the question Could You Forgive? LOST FOR LIFE has Colorado connections with two prisoners, Josiah Ivy and Jacob Ind, a victim, family members, and Sean Taylor, who received a life sentence as a juvenile and had his sentence commuted by Governor Bill Ritter.
UPDATES: January 25, 2016: Today the U.S. Supreme Court held  that Miller v. Alabama, which banned mandatory life-  without-parole sentences for children, must be applied  retroactively!   In the 6-3 decision, Justice Kennedy wrote that all  children sentenced to life without parole are entitled to  review except in the rare cases where a child's crimes  "reflect permanent incorrigibility." As a result of today's  ruling in Montgomery v. Louisiana, thousands of people  sentenced as children before the Miller ruling on June  25, 2012 will now be eligible for review and a second  chance at freedom. Colorado’s courts ruled Miller was not retroactive and  that our young juveniles should die in prison. Wrong!  Neither our courts nor our legislature can continue to  ignore our Forgotten 48’s unconstitutional sentences. For  three years our young men and women have been sitting  in their cells waiting patiently for SOMEONE to act. The  U.S. Supreme Court said juveniles must be eligible for  parole. No equivocation. We are asking that our  legislators pass a very simple bill: All CO juveniles  serving life without parole are eligible for parole. Period.  The U.S. Supreme Court has made a final determination.  Now governor, legislators, courts…do your duty!!    
Colorado has effectively abolished the Death Penalty.  The Aurora Theater massacre and the execution of 5 people in a bar an Denver did not move the juries to give the Death Penalty after finding very bad extenuating circumstances.  The Chuckie Cheese mass shooter has had his sentence stayed, perhaps forever.  So the worst that a planned mass murder by an Adult or a execution of many people by an Adult can get is Life without Parole.  The worst of the worst Adults.  Why then would we give the same sentence or anything like it to a juvenile who had killed one person? Or to a juvenile who was abused and killed those that abused them?  Or to a drive-by shooter who could not know the target?  Or to a juvenile  accomplice, a juvenile complicitor, a juvenile felony murderer in the car, or any kind of kid who didn't pull the trigger? The SCOTUS ruled correctly and intelligently.  Kids, in Colorado, no matter how heinous the crime deserve at least one step less than that given to adults, not Life without Parole.   And most of them deserve a chance to prove that now that they are adults they have understood the wrong they imposed on another human, their family and the community from killing that person.   They deserve the opportunity after many years of living a very good life inside of the walls of a very bad place, a prison, to show that they can function in society. They deserve an individual hearing on what they have accomplished since they were convicted.  They are not adults and have to be treated differently.   This was the main theme of the Miller decision and by its being applied to all juveniles no matter the state of their case.  Treat them differently than Adults, and treat them differently than one another.  Let their environment prior to the crime, their actions at the crime and their lives since being imprisoned be the guide posts of determining their futures.
A JUVENILE JUSTICE ADVOCACY ORGANIZATION