Life After Juvenile Detention

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Zhacori Bates served a two-and-a-half year sentence in a Virginia juvenile-corrections center for a crime she committed when she was 17. Now, she’s returning to her neighborhood, where she faces challenges reintegrating with the community and getting back on her feet.

This VR series from The Atlantic is part of a larger reporting project on juvenile justice reform in Virginia. As the population of incarcerated young people has declined, the state has closed all but one center, Bon Air Correctional Center. Approximately 200 inmates are serving out their sentences there, many of them far from their families and communities. Follow The Atlantic for more, including an inside look at Bon Air and perspectives from inmates, staff, and advocates.

These three VR films explore firsthand experiences of three young people in the system. Blending interviews with 3-D animation, each film presents a perspective from a different stage in the detention process. For an optimal viewing experience, watch the film in VR180 with a VR headset.

The Atlantic was not able to independently confirm the details of her case because her criminal record is sealed.

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