~ How one state supports its teenagers while a neighboring state punishes them ~
- Latune and Kiara are bright and passionate teenagers. Latune is the more artistic of the two — she plans to become a professional fashion designer. Kiara is the more pragmatic one — she’s set on becoming an anesthesiologist. They both have career plans carefully laid out, and are determined to get out of their neighborhoods and go to college.
Both girls, who are being identified by only their first names to protect their privacy, also have a history of finding trouble. Last school year, 17-year-old Kiara got into a fight at school, over a Facebook post about a boy. It wasn't her first fight either. Latune, 16, has a past that includes fighting and an arrest for shoplifting from a department store.
What happened after the girls got caught is where the similarities between them end...
Their stories highlight a tragic reality of America's youth incarceration system — where you live dictates how you’re treated.