In the U.S., justice for a kid can depend on where you live, your skin color, who arrests you, or which judge, prosecutor or probation officer is involved in your case.
In one area, simple assault could lead to a rehabilitation program with help from mentors.
In another, the same crime could mean time in a barbed wire-rimmed “prison for kids,” part of a system rife with rioting, suicide and sexual assault.
Zyion Houston-Sconiers of Tacoma, Wash., for example, skipped the youth facilities and was sentenced as an adult.
Will Lewis from Riverdale, Ga., on the other hand, was steered toward the system’s “off-ramps,” diversion or second chance programs designed to give them skills and improve their futures.
While Houston-Sconiers is still serving time, Lewis is raising his daughter, working with the Brighter Future initiative, and looking for his dream job