I am 17 years old. I just finished reading some articles in the January issue of Youth 84 - the articles on prison life. In one month it will have been a year since my release from a rehabilitation center. I had been locked up because I had committed a number of serious crimes - felonies, they called them. At the time I thought I was only hurting myself, which I was, but I also hurt my family and friends. I thought I wouldn't get caught because I had gotten away with it before. But I was wrong. And as a result I was committed to the rehabilitation center for six months. I learned a lot of valuable lessons in that time. I learned I could talk freely with my parents.
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