WATCH: Video Takes Viewers Inside Only Remaining Juvenile Detention Facility in Virginia

By Kenrya Rankin Mar 19, 2018

A series of reforms closed seven juvenile detention facilities in Virginia between 2005 and 2017. A new video from The Atlantic takes viewers inside the state’s one remaining detention center for an in-depth look at what it’s like for the youth who are housed in the 284-bed facility.

Posted Friday (March 16), “An Inside Look at Juvenile Detention” not only tells the stories of the young people like Marquez Jackson, 19, who are housed at Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center, but it also talks to the director of the state’s juvenile justice department, Andy Block Jr., who is seeking to close it in favor of, “something that reflects the juvenile justice reforms that have taken hold in Virginia and across the country—a system that once focused on confinement is now dedicated to rehabilitation.”

The video is part of The Atlantic’s series on juvenile justice reform.