I’ve been here two and a half months. Before I was in Gulf Coast Training for burglary of habitation. It was my first felony, my first offense. I was with my friends. I was the getaway driver. One went to Leadership Academy; another went to an adult facility. I live with my grandmother. I’ve been living with her since I was 11. She’s 51. I don’t know where my mom is… she’s on drugs… and I think my dad lives in Houston, but I never see him. I’ve got two little brothers and a sister. I’d like to go to Santa Jacinto College this summer and become a firefighter.
– M.C, age 16, Juvenile Detention Center, Houston, Texas