I chose the word dehumanizing because when youth are placed in adult facilities it turns them into an animal—mentally and physically. Every day you have to fight to survive, eat, and sleep. Imagine that you or your child is 15 or 16 years old and has to watch their back every time they take a shower, go to school, or go to the gym. You begin to feel helpless and self-destructive. You feel like you are turning into the person the system is trying to make you be.
– Kevin J.