Teenagers are a liquid state–Pure plastic.  They take the form that is the least resistance. They flow onto horizontal surfaces and swim on floors or benches.

 I photographed intake moments before a director had the juveniles sit on the benches  erect and proper–an unnatural position. This is one of three major centers of the Los Angeles Juvenile confinement system, collectively the largest in the country. The great majority here is populated by Hispanic and African-American juveniles.

Click here for more images of Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall. Downey, California.

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