Wired Features Caldwell Juvenile Detention Center

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Teenage girl inside cell at the Southwest Idaho Juvenile Detention Center
  • Richard Ross, Wired
  • A teenage girl poses inside her cell at the Southwest Idaho Juvenile Detention Center.

Wired writer Peter Brook and photographer Richard Ross recently visited youth incarceration centers throughout the United States. The expose, Uncompromising Photos Expose Juvenile Detention in America, included the duo's visit to an Idaho detention center.

Included in a set of more than a dozen photos was a portrait of a teenage girl at the Southwest Idaho Juvenile Detention Center in Caldwell.

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The Caldwell Southwest Idaho Juvenile Detention Center detains children between the ages of 11 and 17 years old. When Ross visited, six girls were in detention for offenses that included runaway/curfew violations, lewd and lascivious conduct, molestation abuse, controlled substance, trafficking methamphetamine, burglary and possession of marijuana.

The article compared the youth incarceration rate in the United States to other countries, showing a disproportionate number of American youth behind bars.

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