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        FRONTLINE: Prison State | Christel's Story

        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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        Meet Christel

        Faced with challenges that include an imprisoned father and a diagnosis of bipolar disorder and ADHD, Christel Tribble is sent to an alternative school for disruptive children after a classroom fight.

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        Christel's Prayer

        Christel Tribble reads a prayer she wrote that reveals her fragile emotional state. Then, just days before a court appearance for resisting arrest following a classroom fight, she takes an overdose, and her family visits her in the emergency room. Note: This video contains references to suicide.

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        Juvenile Court

        Christel Tribble pleads guilty to a resisting-arrest charge and receives a 20-day house-arrest sentence, but returns to juvenile jail after skipping school and violating the terms of the plea deal.

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        Christel's Future

        After admitting to the charge of contempt of court for violating the terms of her previous sentence, Christel Tribble is placed back on house arrest and is determined to stay out of the courts.

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