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Poetry Behind Bars: The Lines That Save Lives — Sometimes Literally

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Louisiana State Penitentiary workers inspect levees near the prison, also known as Angola, in 2008. Henry Montgomery, who has been held there for more than 50 years after being sentenced to life at 17, may be resentenced after winning his Supreme Court case on Monday. Tim Mueller/AP hide caption

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Supreme Court Opens Door To Parole For Juveniles Given Life Sentences

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The Graffiti Education and Mural Arts program in San Diego aims to keep kids off the streets — and maybe even make art like this, an example of the famous chicano artists murals found on a series of freeway overpasses, someday. Don Tormey/LA Times via Getty Images hide caption

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Preventing Juvenile Detention With A Blank Canvas And A Can Of Spray Paint

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DNA Testing Identifies Another Victim Of Brutal Florida Reform School

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Sgt. Barbara Johnson and Corrections Lt. Robbin Preston run the Tuba City Juvenile Detention Center on the Navajo Nation. Laurel Morales/NPR hide caption

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Juvenile Justice System Failing Native Americans, Studies Show

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Brian Hopson, assistant superintendent at Alameda County Juvenile Hall, stands in one of its many empty units. The 360-bed facility was full when it opened eight years ago, but is now at half capacity. Brett Myers/Youth Radio hide caption

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Meant To Keep Youths Out Of Detention, Probation Often Leads Them There

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For Juvenile Sex Offenders, State Registries Create Lifetime Of Problems

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In December, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio met with youth offenders at alternative housing on Rikers Island. A new state proposal would spare teens younger than 18 from serving time in adult prisons. Susan Watts/ASSOCIATED PRESS hide caption

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In New York, Support Grows For Keeping Teens Out Of Adult Prisons

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A 12-year-old on trial in the stabbing death of a 9-year-old talks to his lawyer in 2014 in a Michigan circuit court. The Justice Department is targeting a Georgia case in the hopes of making legal representation for juveniles there more effective, but they say the problems occur nationwide. Chris Clark/Landov hide caption

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Justice Department Weighs In On Assembly-Line Justice For Children

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An inmate at Rikers Island juvenile detention facility carries a plastic fork behind his back as he walks with other inmates. A recent report found that juvenile detainees are subjected to routine violence, both by other inmates and by correction officers. Julie Jacobson/AP hide caption

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'Culture Of Violence' Pervades Rikers' Juvenile Facilities

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Juvenile wing of the Orleans Parish Prison in Louisiana. In Memphis, the juvenile court system was criticized for inadequate defense of their clients and treating minority children more harshly. Richard Ross/Juvenile In Justice hide caption

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After Discrimination Finding, Jury's Out On Memphis Juvenile Courts

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