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Raymond Rodriguez doesn't remember why his dad was arrested. He doesn't even remember exactly how old he was when police officers entered the home he shared with his parents and two siblings in the Bronx, threw his dad on the floor, and took him away.
The special offers a panoramic perspective on crime and punishment, and will follow all of the key elements in America's sprawling justice system, including prisoners and their families, members of the judiciary, and community reformers.
Clemency is the only way out for the thousands of nonviolent drug offenders serving life terms in federal prison.
What happens when we lock up juvenile offenders in adult prisons? "Stickup Kid," a FRONTLINE digital exclusive, tells the story of Alonza Thomas -- sent to adult prison in California at age 16 -- and how spending over a decade behind bars impacted him.
In 1991, Shaka Senghor shot and killed a man. He was, he says, "a drug dealer with a quick temper and a semi-automatic pistol." Jailed for second degree murder, that could very well have been the end of the story. But it wasn't. Instead, it was the beginning of a years-long journey to redemption, one with humbling and sobering lessons for us all.