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J.G, age 14, Burnett Bayland Reception Center, Houston, Texas

J.G, age 14, Burnett Bayland Reception Center, Houston, Texas

“I am in the 9th grade and will have been here for six months tomorrow. I a€™m here for Violation of Parole– I had a dirty urinary analysis.”

Turning the Corner, St. Louis Detention Center, St. Louis, Missouri

Turning the Corner, St. Louis Detention Center, St. Louis, Missouri

If a kid has “turned the corner” it means they are not going home, but will see a judge…

R.F, age 17, Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center, Miami, FL

R.F, age 17, Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center, Miami, FL

“I was 13 when I committed my crime. I have been here for three and a half years… I haven’t gone to trial yet. I’m being tried as an adult, looking at 30 years to life.”

D.L, age 14, Sycamore Canyon Academy, Tucson, AZ

D.L, age 14, Sycamore Canyon Academy, Tucson, AZ

“I’ve been here for two weeks and I like school here. I like to learn. I spent two months in detention, the food was bad, I spent a lot of there in my cell there and lots of time in shackles outside.”

B.D, age 18, Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center, Golden, CO

B.D, age 18, Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center, Golden, CO

“I’m the highest ranking Norteño in the system, I am very religious. My whole family visits me and my extended family. There is no stigma to being in the system when a lot of the family is in the system.”

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.”

C, age 17, Caldwell Southwest Idaho Juvenile Detention Center, Caldwell, Idaho

C, age 17, Caldwell Southwest Idaho Juvenile Detention Center, Caldwell, Idaho

“I’ve been here for four and a half months. I dropped out of high school. But here I’m a model prisoner. My dad was supposed to be at court today but he didn’t show and my mom never visits. My dad just got laid off, he was in the National Guard.”

C, age 16, Spofford Juvenile Detention Center, New York

C, age 16, Spofford Juvenile Detention Center, New York

“I’m from the Bronx. I did five months at Riker’s Island [when Spofford was under construction]. I’m hoping to get 3 months in upstate secure detention and then bounce.”

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.”