By Theodore Shaw
University of Washington School of Law
As a teenager, unjustly prosecuted and imprisoned, I spent almost eight months in a parish jail, in Louisiana, pending trial in the adult criminal court. As the deputy moved me down the dark hall of the jail, escorting me to my cell, a detainee—an adult much older than me—screamed at me, “Fresh meat!” I started crying profusely. My experiences incarcerated with the adults, as I learned quickly, worsen from this point.