Morris and Rodrick Part I MORRISMorris was picked up on a bench warrant for probation violation and smoking pot with friends. Most of Morris' troubles, however, seem to stem from an anger problem after witnessing domestic abuse as a child. Morris' past history only makes judge Mary Beth Bonaventura's decision about what to do with the 17-year old that much more difficult. As he spends weeks inside detention punching the walls, the judge and her staff try to find the best option to deal with Morris' anger, while his mother says she can no longer cope with her son at home. RODRICKFrom the moment he's brought into juvenile detention, Rodrick believes he'll be going home in no time. The former gang member had spent a year in juvenile boys prison and had made great strides in straightening out his life. Rodrick is adamant that his recent charges of possession of marijuana, resisting arrest and probation violation all stem from being at the wrong place at the wrong time. But juvenile judge Mary Beth Bonaventura never likes to see kids back in court after they leave the first time. Will she be willing to cut Rodrick some slack, or will she come down hard on this soon-to-be 18 year old?
From the confines of America's juvenile detention facilities to the razor wire of juvenile prison to the heart pounding juvenile courtroom hearings where everything is on the line, Cradle To Jail explores where juvenile crime begins, how it evolves, and what's at stake for kids, families and professionals in the system.