Officer Collins sizes up a group of Illinois teenagers. "You are now in St. Clair County Jail. You are property of the jail. You're going to do... what we tell you to do."
Teens are searched and questioned upon entering St. Clair County Jail in Illinois.
A self-proclaimed racist, 16-year-old David learns to take orders from shot-caller inmate Slick. "You gonna comb my chest hair whenever I tell you! Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday!" Slick yells.
16-year-old KJ takes insults from inmate Justin, a "real" criminal sentenced to eight years in jail for manufacturing meth. "You ain't no gangsta, you're a little kid!" he screams.
Inmate "Hustle Man" is restrained just in time when he loses his cool with a teen who won't check his attitude.
KJ is suddenly rushed by a group of screaming inmates challenging his claims of street cred. "Are you GANGSTA?" they ask.
15-year-old Kristin stands speechless and horrified in a cellblock bathroom. "Ain't no privacy... no nothing! This is how we live every day!" yells an inmate.
Kristin is overcome with tragic memories of visiting her own mother in jail.
Delinquent teens sit eye-to-eye with their criminal counterparts. Will they make the courageous decision to change?
Inmate Contratto sits down with vulnerable Kristin after a grueling day spent behind bars. "I see myself in you... it scares me," she says.
Inmates discourage KJ from pursuing the empty friendships that come with gang life. "They gonna forget about you sooner or later," says Hustle Man.