I was doing a lot of drinking, drugs, robbing people, fighting. I stabbed a girl and ribbed a guy.
I got ten months in and then I serve five months on the outside. The staff here is really supportive. My sister visits me. She’s the only one. Originally I’m from Alberta but I ran away from there and ended up in Vancouver. I did the tattoos on my hand with India ink when I was home. I want to be a tattoo artist. I’m pretty good. I got in a lot of trouble in Alberta, but I think I can do better when I get out this time.
-T.L. age 16, Burnaby Youth Custody Services Center, British Columbia, Canada