Teens prepare to enter the jail.
In the San Bernardino County jail, a thorough pat-down has this teen pleading for his freedom within minutes of entering the jail.
When hardened teens face off against San Bernardino County deputies, it's quite literally a sobering experience.
At the San Bernardino County Jail, 13-year-old Louis gets a verbal beatdown after refusing to stop talking when ordered to tie his shoes. Says Louis, "I usually have the girls tie my shoes."
One of the worst things one can be labeled behind bars is a "snitch," and Alexis (15) is forced to wear "snitch" colors for threatening his Mexican parents with deportation.
Forced to his knees by an angry inmate, an at-risk teen gets a peek into the frightening world that lies ahead if he doesn't straighten up.
A ferocious inmate warns Jamayne (14) that San Bernardino County Jail has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to disobedience.
Inmates share their personal stories with the teens of the lives they gave up and the freedom they wish they still had.
Deputy Harper pulls resistant teen Larry (13) aside to try to get to the bottom of his violent anger issues.
Stripped of his freedom and treated like a criminal, the consequences of defiance and illegal behavior finally dawns on Jamayne.
In jail the teens, like inmates, are under constant surveillance by deputies.
Look at me! I lost everything! - John, a 42-year-old inmate who has spent his entire life behind bars for crimes like burglary, robbery, kidnapping, and grand theft auto.
Little Crazy Low, a father of two, is disgusted by teens in the Juvenile Intervention Program who take their freedom for granted while he spends his adult life incarcerated.
At-risk teen Alexis is terrified of Little Crazy Low, who tells him, "I can make you do anything I want to... I'll see you when you come back."
During an unappetizing lunch of jail food, Deputy Harper confronts Louis, a teen who idolizes his inmate father. "Is it getting to you that this is what your dad does every single day?"
After he feels ill and "loses his lunch", Andrew (13) barely stomachs words of wisdom from intimidating inmate Little Crazy Low.