Lost for Life

Synopsis: In the United States today, more than 2,500 individuals are serving life-without-parole sentences for crimes they committed when they were 17 years old or younger. Children as young as 13 are among the thousands serving these sentences. Lost for Life, tells the stories of these individuals, of their families' and of the families of victims of juvenile murder.
Director(s): Joshua Rofé
Production: Snag Films
75 min

Hello, this is a

collect call from an

inmate from the Banner County Jail.


How you doing?

All right, sweetheart.

How are you?

Not so good.

I know, baby.

I have to come home.

Baby, I know that. I'm sorry;

you're going to have

to stay strong.

Are you saying your prayers?

Yeah. But, Mom,

I want to come home.

Baby, I promise you that we're

working on that, okay?

I promise you.

When can I come home?


When can I come home?

- Sweetheart.

- Can you try?

Honey, we're

trying everything we can,

I promise you. We're trying

everything we can.

There's nothing more in

the world than I want my

boy home with me. Okay? We're

doing everything we can here.

You know how much I love you, baby?

The prosecutors

are trying to get me

life with no parole.


Should minors who

commit murder be sentenced to

life without parole?

This is a crucial question the

Supreme Court is going

to be deciding tomorrow,

that 38 states currently allow life

without parole for minors

who commit murder,

but is it constitutional?

So the court comes

to a fork in the road.

Make a complete ban on life

without parole for adolescents

or set an age limit?

Many lives hang in the balance.

Their brains

are not fully developed,

they will change, they will

grow. Is this something that we

can judge them for for

the rest of their lives?

After Bar was questioned by police,

he was charged with the

12-year-old's murder.

Anyone who knows to muffle the gun

so nobody else hears it has

the mind of an 18-year-old.

I think everyone is

more than the worst

thing they've ever

done and I think that policy

makers can make decisions

about how to punish them.

But I think children

are uniquely more

than their worst act, they

have quintessential qualities

and characteristics that a

decent society, maturing

society, an evolved society

we believe is

constitutionally obligated

to recognize and protect.

High school is a very hard time.

I had no idea who I was. I had

no idea where I fit in

among my peers, and I thought

that I was a nobody at my high

school and I wanted

to be known. And so I tried all

these different identities and

I couldn't, you know, find an

identity that I could not be

pushed out of, I guess.

So I got into Columbine.

We saw these two kids, they were

white and they had dark hair.

upwards of a dozen people

were injured and running out of...

Columbine kind of created

a subculture for

disenfranchised kids

who don't fit in anywhere.

I saw, at the time,

they transcended their high

school, for the hour that they

did what they did, they were in

the spotlight and that's

what I wanted.

I wanted to be in the spotlight.

Actually I was really

happy to do it.

Oh yeah?

Hey, look, it's Cassie.

Hey, look, I don't know her.

Hello, Cassie.

I'm getting you on tape, okay?

Say hi, please.


Okay, see you.

When I first met Cassie

Stoddart, I think that the first

memory I have of her is

we were joking around

in class and she was

smiling and that's vivid, the

image I have in my mind now, is

I can't get it out of my mind.

And, oh, man,

it's hard to talk about...

but, in the beginning

she was just a nice person

and she...

you know... sorry.

I was attracted to her.

I thought she was a special

person but she

started going out with this

other kid I knew in

high school, and it kind of

struck me hard and I was like,

"Okay, so, I am a loser."

Wait, have you seen Torey? He's

supposed to meet me here at 7:30

and it's 8:
19. He's an hour late.

You don't even care, do you? Okay.

I met Torey Adamcik

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