What It Feels Like to Be a Teen in Solitary Confinement

Jaki Murillo was 12 years old when she first entered the juvenile justice system in California. When she was 9, she tells Teen Vogue, she was arrested for making “terrorist threats” after telling a teacher that she was going to send her uncles to hurt the teacher; she was then put on probation. A few years later, Jaki started running away from home and skipping school, a violation of her probation. At 12, she was sent to a juvenile detention hall in Los Angeles.

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Woman to Watch: Film director and philanthropist Patty Jenkins

Before the 2017 release of the blockbuster hit “Wonder Woman,” screenwriter and director Patty Jenkins was relatively unknown. Her climb to success is an inspiration not only to those who aspire to work in the film industry but to all women as well. She may have experienced a slow start. However, it was a steady rise to where she is right now, making her one of the women to watch.

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Caitlin Ahearn
He Went to Prison for Life at 17. More Than 20 Years Later, His Life Started Over

On a summer evening in late June, a few months after he was paroled on what was supposed to be a life sentence, Tyree Dabney returned to the corner of 45th and Western. The West Liquor and the parking lot with the payphones were gone, the doughnut shop was a cash advance place, and there was a new junior high named after Barack Obama. But the changes were mostly superficial.

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Caitlin Ahearn
Patty Jenkins Funnels Ideas of Female Empowerment Into Anti-Recidivism Efforts

After making the 2003 independent film “Monster,” about serial killer Aileen Wuornos, director Patty Jenkins started to correspond with prisoners around the country. “I became educated in how incredibly difficult it can be for people to get out of prison — even when they are innocent, even when they are reformed,” she says. “The world brands a person a prisoner forever.”

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Caitlin Ahearn