Kids Behind Bars: Life or Parole season 2, episode 1: Shelton

Kids Behind Bars: Life or Parole season 2 premieres this week (9:00 p.m. ET/PT) as the true crime series continues to profile teenagers convicted of crimes who are seeking to overturn their life sentences decades later.

In the season opener the A&E program features Shelton Jackson, who was found guilty of murder in Florida at age 17. Jackson kidnapped, robbed and murdered Thomas Maynard in 1990, and is now due for a resentencing hearing after the U.S. Supreme Court banned life sentences for juvenile offenders.

Here’s the official network description of the episode:

Shelton Jackson was 17 when he was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder of Thomas Maynard, who tragically left behind a week-old baby boy.

Source: A&E

Kids Behind Bars: Life or Parole will feature Jackson’s loved ones as they advocate for him, as well as statements from Maynard’s widow Leesa, who opposes any kind of leniency for her husband’s killer. Similar to Accused: Guilty or Innocent? (which airs immediately after this series), the program questions the criminal justice system by coming from the perspective of the defendant, although it also shows the other side of each case.

Jackson was one of four participants who besieged Maynard when he went to a Jacksonville supermarket 21 years ago. Per local reports, only he and Anthony Smith remain behind bars; Jackson’s brother Larry was set free in 2014, and Smith’s brother Bobby was released in 2002.

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