Nolan in the confines of his cell on April 2, 2014. Residents haven't been outside this year due to the harsh Michigan winter. Nolan in the confines of his cell on April 2, 2014.
*Names have been changed to protect the identity of minors
Tattoos help staff members identify gang affiliations and predict possible conflicts between residents.
Struggling with his first day in prison, Jamael repeatedly yells, "Don't tell me what to do when I'm already locked up."
Residents at the facility must earn the right to house certain items in their cells. Initially, each boy is allowed a bible and toilet paper.
Honoring those who have died, Nolan uses his time on Sundays to finish his tribute
Jeremiah, age 16, discusses the struggles of being away from his three children
Jeremiah knows his mother "is always close" to his heart.
Bradyn, age 14, laces up before the weekly Friday basketball game which offers a relief from reality for the youth at this correctional facility.
Putting their jumpers is a reminder of their reality.
During their stay, the boys will never encounter another resident who is not in their assigned pod. The hallways are closely monitored by numerous security cameras and staff members who make sure that two different pods are never in the same hallway at once.
Residents must quickly adjust to the strict structure and rules of the facility. Recently incarcerated, Raymon struggles to follow these rules which has resulted in multiple citations and disciplinary actions.
During meals, residents sit on chairs bolted to the ground and start each meal with a prayer thanking God they weren't charged as adults for their offenses.
"Bed time" or the time one is locked in his cell for the night, is dependent upon the color of his jumper, which is dependent on good behavior and time served. Those in orange are locked in their cells at 7:00 PM, those in green at 7:30 PM, those in blue at 8:00 PM and those in tan return to their cell at 8:30 PM.
With his father sitting in the lobby, Perry's discuses his upcoming court date with his grandmother and mother. After taking three buses to see his son, Perry's father is unable to visit due to the lack of a valid identification card.
Quentin flashes one of many tattoos: The Skudd Zone is home to three gangs in West Detroit.
Expecting to be released, Duncan is given bad news during a visitation with his family; he will not be starting high school in the fall.
Released in early 2013, Johnny was arrested two months later in southwest Detroit for armed robbery and false imprisonment.
In and out of correctional facilities, homeless and domestic violence shelters, Bradyn realizes that, "all the times [he] tried killing [himself] and did not succeed, was a blessing"