A day in St. Charles

December 29, 2010

Produced by Eight Forty-Eight

Download Story
(WBEZ/Carlos Javier Ortiz)
Inside and Out goes to the St. Charles youth facility.

Illinois has eight youth prisons.

Thousands of young people are sent every year to be rehabilitated, educated, equipped with skills and to be turned away from crime before it becomes a lifestyle.

Earlier this year, WBEZ's Robert Wildeboer took us to the sprawling St. Charles prison campus 40 miles west of Chicago.

Behind the multiple layers of fencing and barbed wire in a cluster of buildings on a gently sloping hill is Owens cottage, where the story began.