When you think about the typical teenager’s bedroom, the images that come to mind might include posters and artwork; brightly colored covers, sheets and curtains; a funky light fixture on a desk; and perhaps sports equipment or a musical instrument in the corner. And if your teenager is lucky, there is only one bed, giving them the privacy they need and want at appropriate times.

After all, the bedrooms of young females and males should reflect their interests, the world they live in and current popular culture trends. Expressing one’s personality in such ways lets kids be kids and allows for self-expression, which can help them become happy and well-adjusted young adults.

Now, in stark contrast, imagine a juvenile detention facility where youth may be confined in large, gray, monochromatic rooms, with little access to natural light or any of the features that you would find in a residential home.

No light. No color. No privacy. No way to express themselves. No way for a kid to just be a kid and thrive.

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