THEY'RE NOT YOUR AVERAGE CRIMINALS
Forget petty crimes and truancy - we'll be meeting juvenile criminals that have committed a range of serious crimes. These teens are incarcerated for crimes ranging from theft to gang crime, armed robbers, murders to sexual offenses. And some of them aren't even 16 yet.
THERE IS A HIGH INCARCERATION RATE
America has the highest incarceration rate in the world, and juvenile prisoners are no different. American incarcerates more of its young people than any other country in the world. In 2003, there were 96,531 prison, and in 2015, it sat at 48,043.
BUT, THE NUMBERS ARE DROPPING
The number of juvenile prisoners is dropping, and analysts are putting this down to two factors - decreasing sentences and a general willingness to bring in reforms to the juvenile justice system.
Since the early 2000s, the system has been focusing on rehabilitation over punishment.
In fact, they largely focus on rehabilitation initiatives and education programmes with a view to shorten prison times.
In Kid Criminals, the Indiana's Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility have inmates complete an individual growth plan.
The course is in stages, and usually takes 6-9 months to complete. But, if they aren't willing to participate or fail a stage, they will stay longer. They also have ongoing one-on-one counselling throughout their stay, and if possible, will have input from their parents. Some commentators believe that the success of the juvenile justice system reform could provide a blueprint for reducing the adult prison population which, with an incarceration rate of 2,298,300 as of 2016, is the highest in the world.