By Leah Koehle
The University of Victoria’s Centre for Youth & Society recently released a short graphic novel, “In & Out”, written and produced by six members of the Victoria Youth Custody Centre. The writers – Kristian, Shymon, Lorne, Brandon, Devon and Mark – used their life experiences to create a story about how to transition into life outside of youth custody. “In &Out” depicts two young brothers who have recently been released from custody, emphasising the challenges they are met with while trying to reintegrate with the community and resume a normal lifestyle. While one brother abides by his curfew and attends school, the other illustratesthe negative choices that can lead to further jail time. Not only is the novel an interesting look into the challenges faced in and out of custody, but the positive response that has already been generated around the project is a great encouragement to the youth responsible and an inspiration for other youth facing similar issues.
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