Custody and Control
When they restrain kids. . . [t]hey'd have rug burns all over their bodies. . . . They hold your arms back and they purposefully push your face in the rug. They have their knee in your back and your arms all the way back. I've been restrained before so I know.
—Stephanie Q., incarcerated at age 16
There's only one teacher, but everyone's in a different place, so it's not good. They try to give you a book and tell you to study out of it.
—Alicia K., incarcerated at age 15
I asked to talk to the ombudsman probably every day. They [facilities staff] said, "OK," but it never happened. It's my right to call but they wouldn't let me talk to him. Or the other thing they'd say is "Tell me what you're going to tell him."
—Felicia H., incarcerated at age 17
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