For Life

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Kristin Smith

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Aaron Wallace is not guilty. But he’s serving a life sentence.

A successful businessman, Aaron used to have it all. A beautiful wife and daughter, nice house, lucrative financial investments. Then one day the feds found drugs within his business holdings. A few weeks later, he was falsely charged as a convicted drug dealer. And no matter how much he tried to prove that the drugs weren’t his, that he was set up, he was still sent away for life.

But Aaron Wallace is a determined man. And no false sentence, no corruption or coercion, no amount of loss, will keep him locked up. Now, Aaron seeks emancipation by using the law degree that he acquired while behind bars. And while he’s at it, he’ll fight for his fellow innocent inmates as their defense lawyer, too.

Liberty comes at a cost. And for Aaron it’s more than worth it. But not everyone is behind his quest, especially not the district attorney and his bevy of financially supplied, corrupt legal practitioners.

Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down 

Based on the life story of Isaac Wright Jr., ABC’s For Life follows a man who was convicted of a crime he didn’t commit. This series touches on the injustices and racism within penal institutions, government offices and those who make and uphold the law. It promotes the need for justice and reform while showing that one man’s conviction does not automatically determine his future.

There are moments of hope and inspiration buried within the heart-wrenching stories that, though fictionalized, draw inspiration from real-life events. But often those realistic moments include realistic content like profane language, prison threats and fights, corruption, coercion, nods to adultery, sexual innuendo and a prominent lesbian couple in this TV-14 original.

Episode Reviews

Feb. 11, 2020: “Pilot”

Inmate-turned-lawyer Aaron Wallace fights to free himself from prison by working as a defense lawyer for fellow innocent inmates.

Two inmates get into a fist fight. A teenage girl says she’ll kill herself if her boyfriend breaks up with her. A young man is wrongly charged with statutory rape. Lying, corruption, coercion and threats are common both inside and outside of prison.

We hear that a married woman is having an affair with her husband’s best friend. A lawyer makes a vulgar joke about losing one’s virginity. A woman wears a cleavage-baring top. Male inmates are asked to take off their clothes for an inspection (we do not see any private areas). A lesbian couple kiss one another on the cheek and a married couple kisses. A teenage girl reveals she’s pregnant.

Aaron is wrongly accused of being a drug dealer. There are multiple references to substance abuse, drug dealing and drug consumption. A young girl overdoses on Oxycodone but survives (we hear). A father wrongly assumes his teenage daughter is smoking marijuana. A man smokes a cigarette. Men and women alike drink beer, champagne and hard liquor.

“D–n,” “b–tards,” “h—” and “b–ch” are each used a few times.

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Kristen Smith
Kristin Smith

Kristin Smith joined the Plugged In team in 2017. Formerly a Spanish and English teacher, Kristin loves reading literature and eating authentic Mexican tacos. She and her husband, Eddy, loving raising their little guy, Judah. Kristin also has a deep affection for coffee, music, her dog (Cali) and cat (Aslan).

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