We begin our new seriesâ€”Inside and Out. We'll meet kids who are getting in trouble with the law. We've been following them as they've struggled to turn their lives around, as they've come in contact with police and the courts, and as they've gotten locked-up. Alongside jail time, thousands of kids are serving longer sentences in one of the state's eight youth prisons. Fifteen-hundred are estimated to be locked up at any one time. We wanted to know: Who are they? What are their needs? How does their time inside help or hurt their chances of turning their lives around outside? The answers matter not only to the young people but to the families and communities they return to. All this week on Eight Forty-Eight, we'll get to know some of the people and issues inside and out of the state's juvenile prison system.
Our reporters Robert Wildeboer and Adriene Hill are part of the team working on this series and explain what's in store for the series.
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