The Digital Journalist
© Steve Liss
"No Place for Children: Voices From Juvenile Detention"


Gabriel, 15, took 10 rRohypnol pills (a potent tranquilizer) and boarded the bus to school. Stoked by the drugs, his argument with another kid turned ugly. A teacher who intervened says Gabriel threatened him. When he arrived in Juvenile - his fifth time there - officers found more pills in his pocket. He is charged with "possession of a controlled substance in a correctional facility" - a felony.

Here he talks with his mother after a judge cancelled his court appearance at the last minute. Probation officers told the judge that he was too rowdy to appear in court.