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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.”

C.M, Age 16, Pima County Juvenile Detention Center, Tuscon, Arizona

C.M, Age 16, Pima County Juvenile Detention Center, Tuscon, Arizona

“My dad died 6 years ago. I miss him. They shot him 18 times. He was in the Mexican mafia.”

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…

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

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

“I’ve been coming to Burnaby since I was 13… for assault. Here, I’m in the 11th grade and I get straight As and Bs. This time I’ve been here for twelve months.”

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.”

A.S, age 18, Santa Cruz County Juvenile Hall, Fenton, California.

A.S, age 18, Santa Cruz County Juvenile Hall, Fenton, California.

“I work in the garden 2-3 times a week, I love it. I am being charged with assault with a deadly weapon, part of a gang-related stabbing when I was 15. I was almost charged as an adult. I still have back in the day thoughts… but I am more mature.”

D.F, age 17 Nevada Youth Training Center, Elko, NV

D.F, age 17 Nevada Youth Training Center, Elko, NV

D.F has been in the system since he was 12. He recently escaped by chewing out of his cell. He is being kept in a room that doesn’t meet ACA standards for suicide prevention cells and he just defecated all over a meal tray to make a point.

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.”

B.T, age 17, Santa Cruz County Juvenile Hall, Santa Cruz, CA

B.T, age 17, Santa Cruz County Juvenile Hall, Santa Cruz, CA

“I’ve been incarcerated since I was 15, charged with assault with a deadly weapon, I was almost charged as an adult but I was 15 so I wasn’t. I work in the garden here two or three days a week and I get $8 an hour… pretty thrilled about that.”

M, age 17, Cross Creek Residential Treatment Center, La Verkin, Utah

M, age 17, Cross Creek Residential Treatment Center, La Verkin, Utah

“I was a gang banger, my mother is in the police academy and lives with her girlfriend. My dad died. I was locked up in juvie for a month for assault battery, and robbery. Now I want to finish school here and get out and spend some time with my family.”