Retro Report on PBS

Correcting the Myth of the Superpredator

Episode 8 | 10m 27s Video has closed captioning.

States are reconsidering life prison sentences of people who were given mandatory life terms as juveniles – a practice since ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. At the time, in the 1990s, a handful of researchers inspired panic with a dire but flawed prediction: the imminent arrival of  a new breed of remorseless teen killers, so-called superpredators.

Aired: 10/29/19

Expires: 10/06/26

Rating: TV-14

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Retro Local - Highlighting Communities

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Retro Local - Highlighting Communities

Retro Local is a companion initiative to Retro Report on PBS, highlighting local headlines and the historical seeds that were planted years ago in communities across the country.

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