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About “Your Neighbor’s Child”
Wyoming has no separate juvenile justice system, as most states do, so a juvenile can accumulate a criminal record in adult courts for such minor offenses as smoking in school or skateboarding on a public sidewalk. The film recounts the stories of youth who have been in the system and shows instances of juveniles shackled, over-medicated, and held in treatment facilities over a hundred miles from their families for minor offenses that could have been handled outside the criminal justice system. The film shows Wyoming leaders engaged in a struggle to reform a system that has historically been resistant to change. Filmed in Rawlins, Cheyenne, Laramie, Casper, and other parts of Wyoming, featuring former Senator Alan Simpson and many other people from around Wyoming, and national experts. Not rated, TRT - 81:42