Kids Imprisoned is a 7-part series investigating juvenile justice in America. It's produced by Carnegie-Knight News21, a national multimedia reporting project produced by the nation's top journalism students and graduates.
Episode 1: The ununited state of juvenile justice in America
Based on the laws in the places they live and the adults who happen to be involved in their cases, kids in the juvenile justice system have dramatically different outcomes, setting their lives on a number of different trajectories.
Episode 2: Entering the system
A child's arrest is the first official step into the juvenile justice system, but law enforcement practices push kids out of other systems that are meant to be trusted: child welfare and school.
Episode 3: Pivotal decisions
What happens after juveniles are arrested and how are their destinations decided? The journey is complicated, with different laws, judges and protocols adding up to more than 50 different systems, and endless possibilities for routes to facilities.
Episode 4: Systemic inequalities
Kids across the country deal with unequal treatment because of their identity: their race, ethnicity, disability or gender identity. Barriers, challenges and injustices in the juvenile justice system give them wildly different experiences than their peers.
Episode 5: Questionable practices
An estimated 48,000 kids are locked up across America on a given day and two-thirds of them are in highly-secure, prisonlike facilities. Life in these places often falls short of standards.
Episode 6: Dangerous patterns
While many detention centers have seen improvements in the last 20 years, life inside facilities may be worse for some kids than what we see on the surface. New21 examined sexual assault, employee misconduct and use of solitary confinement.