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YOUTH NOW

The Cycle

Walking in my father’s footsteps, and trying to find a new path

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AsAs I entered Bridges Juvenile Detention Center, otherwise known as Spofford, I was deathly afraid. I’d been shuffled through its barbed-wire fences in handcuffs and shackles, and so far, I could see little that distinguished my new home from an adult jail — the kind I’d seen on television programs…

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Aunray Stanford

Aunray Stanford

Aunray is a Youth Mentor in the Crossroads Juvenile Center. He is also studying Community Advocacy and Social Policy at NYU. Email Aunray at AunrayNYU@gmail.com