Director’s Point of View
I have two teenage children who were ages 10 and 13 at the time we began production on Kids For Cash. My own missteps in raising my kids included the principle that if you do an “adult crime, you should do adult time.” But one of the most fundamental things I’ve learned (which in hindsight seems so obvious) is that the human brain continues to develop through a person’s mid-twenties. The delay in frontal lobe development is precisely why young people are so impulsive: their ability to think logically or foresee risk is still maturing, so expecting perfect behavior is unrealistic. I wish I had understood this 10 years ago!