The Fairfax County jail’s educational program is a place where troubled youths work toward high-school diplomas and credit their teachers with saving their lives from ruin.
Sept. 18, 2012 After weather knocked out the electricity at the Fairfax County Juvenile Detention Center school, a teacher gathers pencils from student detainees according to a pencil numbering system. The system was put in place to keep potential weapons from falling into the hands of student detainees outside the classrooms. The school, which is funded by the state of Virginia and staffed by Fairfax County Public Schools, educates kids who are serving sentences or awaiting trial. Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post Buy Photo