Prison Reform Movement's Weblog- America: Land of the Free, Home of the Incarcerated

In 2001, Grace Bauer’s 13-year-old son Corey was sent to what many considered to be the worst juvenile prison in the country.

BY Ashley Portero

Corey was sentenced to five years in Office of Youth Development custody by the Louisiana Department of Corrections for breaking into a pickup truck and stealing a $300 radio. It was the  first criminal conviction for the Honor Roll student, and the event that would skew the direction of the rest of his life.

“He probably weighed 90 pounds soaking wet when he was sent to Tallulah,” Bauer said, referring to Louisiana’s infamous Tallulah Correctional Center for Youth, which was forced to close its doors in 2004, after horrifying reports of life inside of the prison led to the passage of the state’s Juvenile Justice Reform Act.

That was the beginning of a life that would be spent in and out of the prison system…

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