Star of ‘The Wire’ Hosts HBO Feature Tonight on Juvenile Justice

Raised in the System, a look at juvenile justice in America, will air on HBO tonight at 7:30 p.m.

The HBO news series “Vice” will air a one-hour special tonight on the juvenile justice system and how it connects to the broader issue of mass incarceration in America.

“Raised in the System” features a segment on Lucas County (Toledo), Ohio, where officials have developed a continuum of community-based alternatives designed to steer most youth away from pre-trial detention and post-adjudication commitments to juvenile facilities.

The segment is narrated and hosted by actor Michael K. Williams, perhaps best known for his role as the robber-of-drug dealers Omar on the hit HBO show “The Wire.” Among the other subjects on tonight’s program:

  • Virginia’s Bon Air Correctional Center, a juvenile prison that state juvenile justice leaders are hoping to replace with smaller regional facilities and more community-based alternatives.
  • Larry Steinberg, one of the leading researchers on adolescent development and delinquency.
  • Felicia Pearson, one of Williams’ co-stars on “The Wire” who played a character named Snoop, one of the top lieutenants for a drug syndicate on the show.

Click here for more details. The program airs tonight at 7:30 p.m., and again at 11 p.m. on HBO.

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