Half the young people who get out of Illinois youth prisons end up back inside. When Illinois broke off its youth prisons from adult ones three and a half years ago, it vowed to change that. The plan was to flood kids with support in their communities, to help them connect with school, with work, with treatment.
Angelica spent time in the girls' prison at Warrenville in northern Illinois. She needed those resources to stay out of trouble.
Former WBEZ reporter Adriene Hill introduced us to Angelica and the twists and turns her life has taken.