I was at Marler for two years. Now I live in my own apartment inside Marler. I have been in Platt County Jail since I was 17. Both my parents visit me here. My stepfather, who is currently on the run, molested me. My Mom is a paralegal. I’m in my own apartment here to gain skills, learning to live on my own. I hope to work in the food industry. I’m here for 2 charges of aggravated assault and one felony. I spent a lot of time hanging around gang members and drug dealing. Now I have to take responsibility for me.
–A.J. age 20, Betty K. Marler Youth Child Care Center, Denver, Colorado