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R.G, age unknown, Northwest Regional Youth Center, Kansas, MO

R.G, age unknown, Northwest Regional Youth Center, Kansas, MO

“I should be out sometime this month, I’m here a little longer so I can finish my high school diploma, which I can get even though I’m not a citizen. I came to the U.S when I was four.”

O, age 15, Douglas County Juvenile Detention, Lawrence, Kansas

O, age 15, Douglas County Juvenile Detention, Lawrence, Kansas

“This is a suicide tunic. I have to wear it for my first day. I am a Blood, sort of, both my parents are half-black half-white.”

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.”