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For inmates at the Victoria Regional Juvenile Justice Center, their time spent incarcerated is less than hospitable.

Cold concrete walls surround them. Their uniforms serve as scarlet letters of the crimes they have committed. Cameras and guards are positioned to monitor every move.

Against this setting, the last things many people would expect the inmates to learn are love and compassion.

Photo by Frank Tilley/FTilley@vicad.com

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