I’ve been here 4 months. I’ve been to the juvenile detention center five times. The first time was theft, the second, shoplifting, the third, possession of controlled substances, the fourth, violation of parole, and the fifth, violation of parole and felony possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. I’m in the 12th grade and get all A’s. No one visits me here. I used to have my own apartment, but now I will have to go back with my mom. She’s a hotel supervisor, and my dad works for Continental. It’s too far for my mom to visit, so I talk to her once a week for five minutes. My boyfriend tries to get me to be good. I’m supposed to be released in a month.

-M.B, age 17, Harris County Youth Village, Houston, Texas

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