Joshua: When Anger Turns to Violence
by Calamari Productions
Get an unprecedented look inside the juvenile justice system as you watch a thirteen-year-old boy's real juvenile hearing after assaulting his mother.
When children's anger turns into violence, families often seek the help of caseworkers, therapists and law enforcement. In this video, the mother of thirteen-year-old Joshua seeks help from the judicial system after she is assaulted by her son.

This documentary of a juvenile hearing is the first of its kind, and follows one boy's journey through the juvenile justice system. In his hearing, Joshua admits that he punched, shoved, and injured his mother, resulting in her calling 911 for assistance. Joshua's mother shares that she is upset about taking her son to court, but feels she has no other option given Joshua's long record of emotional and behavioral problems.

The video's coverage of Joshua's journey includes his time at an alternative house, which acts as a bridge between juvenile detention and residential facilities. An interview with the director of the house sheds light on the mechanics of such facilities and the challenges of children like Joshua. Joshua is also interviewed throughout the video, which offers a telling look into the thoughts and emotions of a struggling child labeled as a delinquent.

This video provides a thorough representation of the juvenile justice system. It walks viewers through every step of the process and interviews key players throughout the video, offering insight into the thoughts and feelings of delinquent children as well as the mixed emotions of their frustrated parents. Presenting facts in a straightforward way, this video also illustrates the struggles families face when dealing with delinquent children, and the options states offer to help them receive treatment, respite, and ultimately reunification.
In Depth
If you want to see a real-life experience of juvenile justice, Joshua's story is a must-see. This video provides the facts as well as the emotions behind delicate juvenile cases. It offers clinicians insight into the thoughts and feelings of both parents and children in similar situations.

From watching this video, you will:
  • Learn how the juvenile justice system handles cases of juvenile delinquency.
  • Learn about state services provided to these youths by alternative houses, case workers, and residential treatment facilities.
  • Gain an appreciation for the struggles and mixed emotions faced by parents of such challenging children, and the fragility of the children who must move out of their home.

Length of video: 00:40:31

English subtitles available

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-507-6

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-507-6

Karen Furore Grau and Larry Grau officially launched Calamari Productions in 1995, after a decade of journalism and education policy experience. President and Executive Producer Karen Grau brings 25 years of broadcast experience to all Calamari projects. Her career also includes three years as Deputy Legislative Director to former Indiana Governor Evan Bayh, where her work included analyzing the content and fiscal impact of legislation drafted by state agencies under the jurisdiction of the Governor's office. Karen also assisted in writing three State of the State addresses. In 2014, Karen was named a Knight Foundation Fellow in Ethics at Washington & Lee University.

Larry Grau served as Senior Education Policy Executive to former Indiana Governor Frank O'Bannon, where he drafted and directed several major initiatives enacted into law, including creating a stakeholders' education roundtable, a statewide comprehensive education accountability system, establishing the state's first alternative education program, and creating Indiana's initial early education reading diagnostic policies and programs.
Calamari Productions remains the only production company in the United States with state Supreme Court access allowing documentary cameras inside child welfare juvenile courts, venues that are—by law—closed to the media and the public. Calamari has turned that trust and extraordinary camera access into unprecedented, award-winning documentary series and video content used around the globe, from television outlets and networks such as ABC, NBC, MSNBC, A&E, MTV, Dateline NBC, Hulu, Nightline, Good Morning America, 20/20, Court TV, PBS, Bio and Channel 4 (UK), to universities and state governments around the country. Calamari video content is used for education and training purposes in over 14 countries, 200 universities, 25 Policy and Advocacy organizations and 85 state government agencies and facilities.

Today, Karen and Larry continue to direct and manage the creative vision that has put the company on the cutting edge of news, documentary and digital content programming. In their spare time they can be found spending time with their adult children, volunteering with at-risk kids and rescuing stray animals when not behind a camera!   
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