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Young Criminals Need Guidance, Not Jail

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Young Criminals Need Guidance, Not Jail

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Young Criminals Need Guidance, Not Jail

Young Criminals Need Guidance, Not Jail

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So, what's it really like inside a youth detention center?

Mario Chavez spent his teenage years in and out of juvenile hall. After he was convicted as an adult at 17 for Second Degree Murder, he spent over 8 years in prison.

Today, he works as a youth mentor with Pioneers for Peace, an organization working to curb youth violence.

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