A 16-year-old by the name of Max is one of the cases Liebelson details in her report. Max is held in a maximum security adult prison in Ionia, Michigan.
During his time in prison for armed robbery, Max has been repeatedly raped by grown men he’s forced to bunk with. In one instance, he was tied up and forcefully raped to the point of bleeding for days.
Max, who is now 20, committed a crime. He took things that did not belong to him. However, he was a child; a child who was thrown into the same cage as murderers, rapists, and child molesters.
Max’s story is one of the thousands of stories of children being abused and thrown into general population prisons by the state.