Last year, WBEZ reporters went inside a local high school to try and understand why only half of Chicago Public Schools kids end up getting their diplomas with the series, 50/50: The Odds of Graduating
. Over the course of a school year, WBEZ's reporting revealed many issues – from the repercussions of high pregnancy rates among students to the bureaucratic mindset that prevents good teachers and administrators from giving kids a challenging education. These problems and many others lead lots of young people to drop out of school. As we found out, many end up on the streets, or even worse – in jail. This year, we're picking up where we left off with the series, Inside/Out
. Thousands of teenagers from all across the state cycle in and out of Illinois' eight juvenile prisons each year. What happens to them inside is something they carry back out to their communities. We wanted to spend time inside the prisons to see for ourselves how they're run. But after months of trying, Governor Pat Quinn still says no. WBEZ's Robert Wildeboer has more about the process of reporting for the upcoming series Inside/Out
and the problems getting access to report on juvenile jails.