A year ago, Jaqwan was in high school and planning to become an engineer. Accused of participating in a school yard fight, Jaqwan, at 16 years old, was sent to the adult criminal justice system.
Discouraged, Jaqwan dropped out of school. He is currently working on his GED, but he has had trouble finding any job because of his adult criminal justice record. He now aspires to be a barber.
The adult record will follow Jaqwan for the rest of his life, limiting his opportunities to enter college, obtain school loans, or be employed.
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