With sweeping access inside the Youth Incarcerated As Adults (YIA) cellblock at the maximum security Wabash Valley Correctional Facility in Carlisle, Indiana, Young Kids, Hard Time reveals what life is like for kids as young as 12 who will grow up behind bars. The YIA cellblock is home to 53 kids who are rarely permitted to leave the unit, due to the dangers posed by the adult prisoners just outside their door. But once a youth offender turns 18, they begin the immediate transition into the general prison population, where thousands of adult prisoners await. Young Kids, Hard Time explores post-conviction life for children staring down decades behind bars, illuminating the effects of sentencing kids to the adult prison system, and whether or not this practice leads to a safer society.
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