WYOMING NEWS SERVICE, Cheyenne, WY – Wyoming is one of just a few states without a separate juvenile justice court system, and it means 85% of kids in trouble with the law end up in adult court – even for small offenses, such as smoking on school grounds. Such cases are documented in a new film called "Your Neighbor's Child," airing tonight on Wyoming PBS.
The film's producer, Marc Homer, followed the stories of several young people as they navigated the state's court system. Homer, who is with Wyoming Kids Count, is calling for a review of the entire system.
Homer adds that the state needs to investigate ways of keeping kids out of the court system, when possible, and to help children get back on the right track in their own neighborhoods.
Besides airing on Wyoming PBS, the film is being shown in theater settings around the state, followed by community discussions.