I turn 18 in seven days. I was told I could stay here until I am 22 or 23. Pre-trial confirms me as MAP. I’ve been here a little over 2 months. It was a level one rape. There are ten levels. Ten is the smallest charges. I have been arrested twice before. 1st was battery—I jabbed a girl with a pencil in school when I was 15. It was sophomore year. It was the worst year of my high school career. I got into two fights. I was expelled—ended up going to a special school for half days April to December. I would do stuff around the house in the afternoon. I did rural farm work like digging ponds and putting up fences. I was working at a dairy farm; every now and then I did on-line classes. Second possession was paraphernalia and marijuana…but it was never charged. It’s me, my younger brother and my Mom. Dad passed away in ‘03. In a garage accident. I was 8.

I think I am MAP and might get 12 years max.
I was an award winner here for nine weeks in a row.

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We had this guy live with us for 8 years. My mom never got married. He’s sort of a step dad and didn’t have a job. My mom and oldest brother visit me. My older brother doesn’t have a job. I think I am MAP and might get 12 years max. I was an award winner here for nine weeks in a row. I earned three or four credits in school in two weeks. It moves fast. In three weeks I will be graduated from high school. They will send me to CAT—juvenile prison in Topeka. They can hold you there until you are 22 ½. I was at JDF for eight days and it felt like a year. JDF you never have the lights out at night. My Mom tells me to make the best of what you have rather than think of what you don’t have. My older brother was at CAT a few times—the boys ranch and the shelter. My uncle did drugs for 30 years. He used to be really smart on a lot of things. Now he is not.

-K.S., age 17, Sedgwick County Juvenile Detention Facility, Wichita, Kansas

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