BASICS: Burnaby Youth Custody Services, British Columbia, Canada. The facility has an 84 bed capacity, 62 secure custody and 22 open custody. Open Custody is a system in which the juveniles serve 2/3 of their sentence in the institution, and 1/3 of their sentence in the community. While in the community, they are supported by two services: ISS, Intensive Support and Supervision, and RLs, Reintegration Leaves. Secure Custody does not go into the community during their sentence, as it is for more serious and violent offenders. Juveniles are called residents and usually by their last names. Green sweats indicate secure custody, while grey sweats mean open custody. A behavior plan is set up when the juvenile enters the facility. Juveniles are sentenced from 12-17. Typically 14-year-olds are not sentenced as adults, although 17-year-olds can be. It is extremely rare for a juvenile to be tried as an adult here. Suicide attempts are rare.
PICTURED: B.F., age 18. Previous violations include breached custody and manslaughter. B.F. did two years and then got brought in for a curfew violation. He served four months and is now back to serve his remaining five months. His mother visits him every Sunday and braids his hair; his father is still in Africa. âLife in here is boring, just boring. All I can say about it is that it is really boring.â