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Combating the Myth of the Superpredator

Behind Bars: The World’s Toughest Prisons

The two toughest divisions of the Miami Dade prison complex couldn't be more different. The Miami Dade Boot Camp gives minor offenders a chance to escape the prison through rigorous and unforgiving drills and rules. To many it is a better alternative to rusty iron bars of The Miami-Dade County Jail where murderers, rapists and robbers have their own rules of survival.


In this video I will be telling you exactly how I started my juvenile criminal career that eventually led me to prison and how nothing or no one could talk me into changing my ways!
Punished like adults but still teenagers. In Kids Behind Bars, we meet some of America’s youngest and most dangerous criminals growing up inside. Indiana’s Wabash Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison, is home to 40 teenagers serving up to 65 years for murder, armed robbery and battery.

In the state of Indiana, children as young as ten, charged with serious crimes, can be tried and sentenced within the adult criminal justice system. Childhoods lost, these boys are coming to terms with how one moment of madness has completely devastated their lives. Caught in a system that seems to work against them – what are their hopes for the future?

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Viewer Comments:
  • I was in and out of correctional facilities from age 12 to 21, then once overnight at about 24. I'm 34 now, and not since / never again will that be me. I do think juvenile was worse. I had been to boot camps, wilderness programs (rocky mountains, winter of 99-2000, didnt see a shower for 2 mos.) after multiple trips to juvy didnt "correct" me. Could not be happier to not be living that life anymore.
  • Hopefully the younger generation watches your videos and you are making some of them think twice about decisions they're making
  • Juvie jail is worse because that's where most of the gang recruitment is.
  • I wish you can talk to my 15 year old son in person so he can get it, thanks for sharing. God bless you.
  • I’m a teenager and I’m glad people like you say this stuff on platforms such as YouTube.
  • Dude thank you for these great stories man, they are life saving stories.
As recently as 2005, the state of Virginia had eight centers like Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Facility, housing more than 1,300 delinquent youth. But by 2017, after a series of reforms, that number had shrunk to one.

“It's not that you can't do good work here,” said Andy Block, who, since 2014, has served as the juvenile-justice department’s director. “But the place itself and the design and the size and the location are barriers to doing good work.” Block and others are working to close Bon Air and replace it with something that reflects the juvenile justice reforms that have taken hold in Virginia and across the country—a system that once focused on confinement is now dedicated to rehabilitation. In recent years, more than 70 percent of Virginia's juvenile inmates were rearrested within three years of their release.*