I’m in for trafficking and selling cocaine and heroine, theft over $5,000 and driving a stolen vehicle.

I get out on Monday and go to a half-way house in Burnaby. No one from my family visited me here– it’s too far away. I’ve been here about 15 times. The first time I was here I was 13. The longest? about 3 months. My Mom works at a pub. My Dad died when I was six. I’m kind of jumpy. I have ADHD. I get drug tested every day. 

-C.S., age 17, Burnaby Youth Custody Services Center, British Columbia, Canada

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