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B.H. and S.H, ages 14 and 16, Twin River Cottage, Missouri Hills, Missouri

B.H. and S.H, ages 14 and 16, Twin River Cottage, Missouri Hills, Missouri

“On the outside, much of my time was spent looking at relationships in terms of who is going to fight me and who likes me.”

A.J, Age 20, Betty K. Marler Youth Child Care Center, Denver, Colorado

A.J, Age 20, Betty K. Marler Youth Child Care Center, Denver, Colorado

“I’ve been at Marler for two years. Now I live in my own apartment inside Marler…. I’m here for 2 charges of aggravated assault and one felony. I spent a lot of time hanging around gang members and drug dealing. Now I have to take responsibility for me.”

P.B, age 18, Cross Creek Program, La Verkin, Utah

P.B, age 18, Cross Creek Program, La Verkin, Utah

“I’m here because I had five amber alerts called on me. I kept on running away with my boyfriend. He’s 26. I’m 18 years old, from Philadelphia.”

A and E, ages 18 and 16, Postville, Iowa

A and E, ages 18 and 16, Postville, Iowa

“On the day of raid everyone was running, running from the plant, running from immigration. One of them shouted, ‘You can run, you can hide, but we will find you and pull you up by your hair.’ We all thought we were going to be killed, so we threw the knives under the table so they couldn’t use them against us.”

T.L, age 16, Burnaby Youth Custody Services Center, British Columbia, Canada

T.L, age 16, Burnaby Youth Custody Services Center, British Columbia, Canada

“I got into a lot of trouble; running away, drinking, drugs, robbing people, fighting. I will serve ten months in and then five months out. I did these tattoos on my hand with india ink at home. I want to be a tattoo artist.”

E.P, age 14, El Paso Sheriffs Challenge Program, El Paso, Texas

E.P, age 14, El Paso Sheriffs Challenge Program, El Paso, Texas

“I was on probation with a ankle bracelet… my boyfriend and I decided to run away to Juarez (Mexico). I’ve been here for four months, it really sucks, you have to listen to officers and do exactly what they tell you to do. They do unscheduled cell searches every day.”

N, age 12, Douglas County Youth Services, Lawrence, KS

N, age 12, Douglas County Youth Services, Lawrence, KS

“I get all As in school. I’ve been here a week, but I’ve been here before. I got in a fight in school, he was making fun of my mom. My mom and I live with my grandpa, she doesn’t work.”