Meet Christel Tribble, a 15-year-old from Beecher Terrace, Kentucky, who struggles to break the prison-to-poverty cycle in this media gallery adapted from FRONTLINE: Prison State. With her father in jail for most of her life, Christel is angry and resentful. After being diagnosed with bipolar disorder and ADHD, she is sent to an alternative school for troubled youth. We learn that Christel has been skipping classes and charged with resisting arrest after a classroom fight. Three days before her court appearance, Christel is taken to the emergency room after overdosing on pills she stole from her mother. At the rescheduled court appearance, Christel pleads guilty to resisting arrest and is sentenced to house arrest. After failing to show up at school three days later, Christel is locked up in a detention center. Her guilty plea gets her released again to home arrest, and she commits to staying out of trouble and out of the court system. This resource is part of the FRONTLINE collection.
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