classroom in juvenile prison - NBC video snippetTeenagers who are locked up are still entitled to an education. Near Washington, DC a juvenile program for incarcerated youth has turned itself around, much like some of the inmates, thanks to poet, Maya Angelou.

60 teenagers study at the juvenile correctional center, amid barbed wire and guards, within the gleaming new walls of the “Maya Angelou Academy”. Where there once were shackles and beatings, now there is emotional as well as intellectual growth for the inmates, who are called “scholars”.

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