My Advice to Juveniles Headed My Way


Ten Things I Could Have Done to Stay Out of Jail

1. Followed my probation

2. Stopped using drugs

3. Stayed in school

4. Listened to my mom

5. Stayed away from negative influences

6. Take one day at a time

7. Kept going to my out patient treatment

8. Obeyed my curfew

9. Thrown away my I don't care attitude

10. Got a job


Ten Things I Could Have Done To Stay Out Of Jail


1.  Followed Parents directions

2.  Watched TV

3.  Listened to the radio

4.  Quit smoking cigarettes

5.  Played basketball

6.  Watched a movie

7.  Had a conversation with my little sister

8.  Gone to church

9.  Followed the rules of corrections  

10.  Stayed at home while on house arrest 



My So-called Friends Really Weren't Friends After All

   When I was younger, I really didn't get into a lot of trouble.  I was a pretty talented kid who had a lot going for myself. I was on the honor roll as well as being involved in several sports year round. 

   Then as I got a little older, I started to experience things such as drugs and new people.  I didn't realize the people I was hanging around with were as bad as they turned out to be.  Hanging out with these people and experiencing these new drugs led me down the wrong road.  I kept on hanging around these people and using these drugs not thinking what it was doing to me.  Nor where it was leading me towards. 

   Then while I was hanging around with these people, I began breaking the law.  I started out breaking the law by doing things that I thought were just minor things breaking windows or trespassing.  These things that I thought were not all that bad were just leading me towards even worse things. 

   Before I knew it I was breaking big laws and using lots of drugs.  My grades were beginning to hit rock bottom, and I really wasn't worried anymore.  I also wasn't showing up for practices anymore which soon led to me just quitting sports all together.  I didn't even notice that the reason all this stuff was happening was because of my involvement with drugs and a bad crowd. 

   Once I kept doing the things I was doing, I soon found myself in lots of trouble with the law.  I didn't seem to learn from my mistakes at first.  Then it continued to get worse. Soon I landed myself in the Juvenile Detention Center.  This is when I realized my so-called friends really weren't friends after all.  I also realized I had big drug problem and I needed help.

    I began changing my life and realizing valuable facts along the way while being incarcerated.  I realized this is not the place to be and that I needed to wake up and face reality.  So I started working towards a better life and a new beginning.   

My advice to is change your life now while you still have the chance.


-From a former inmate who changed his life, age 17.   



  My advice to juveniles headed my way is to stay home and out of trouble.  Stay involved with school activities.  Don't hang out with the people you are getting in trouble with.  It is not cool or funny to be in trouble or in here.  It is sad in here.  if you comit to many crimes you will be sent to different facility like me.  



Comments to Those Headed My Way

Iíve made some wrong decisions in my life, but never did I realize that one day it would land me in a place like this.  Once you are in the system it is terribly hard to work your way out.  But someday I will find a way to get all this behind me.

In order to do this I have to change almost everything about my criminal bound lifestyle. Iím writing to all of you people who still have a chance to maybe turn things around and get your life back on the right track for once and for all.

Being in a place like this not only destroys your reputation, but it also ruins relationships with anyone who was ever close to you because seeing someone you care so much about come into a place of this sort is enough to tear you away from one another, and often people in my position have no one to confide in except for their family.

Just take this into consideration before you get ready to commit your next crime or try your next drug; it could ruin your life.

                                           An Anonymous Inmate, Age 16