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 It's early morning in the main bunks at Camp Afflerbaugh in the mountains overlooking suburban Los Angeles. An officer barks loudly, ordering detainees to lie flat in their bunks. Everyone is shouting.

It's early morning in the main bunks at Camp Afflerbaugh in the mountains overlooking suburban Los Angeles. An officer barks loudly, ordering detainees to lie flat in their bunks. Everyone is shouting.

 Damian's family shows up at 7 a.m. to take him home after six months in the camps. His mother visited him frequently but still can't contain her joy at his release.

Damian's family shows up at 7 a.m. to take him home after six months in the camps. His mother visited him frequently but still can't contain her joy at his release.

 Camp Afflerbaugh was home to 82 boys at the time of Damian's release. He hated it. He says he got in a fight (and won) during kitchen duty. He filled notebooks with magazine clippings and hand-drawn art.

Camp Afflerbaugh was home to 82 boys at the time of Damian's release. He hated it. He says he got in a fight (and won) during kitchen duty. He filled notebooks with magazine clippings and hand-drawn art.

 Despite his release, Damian's fate is still in the hands of the juvenile justice system. He's 16 now. Even if he stays out of trouble, he'll be watched closely until he becomes an adult.

Despite his release, Damian's fate is still in the hands of the juvenile justice system. He's 16 now. Even if he stays out of trouble, he'll be watched closely until he becomes an adult.

 Damien's mother Martha takes him directly from the camp to morning mass in Pomona, Calif., where they live. "He’s my baby," she says. "(I) never cut the umbilical cord from him."

Damien's mother Martha takes him directly from the camp to morning mass in Pomona, Calif., where they live. "He’s my baby," she says. "(I) never cut the umbilical cord from him."

 Upon returning home, Damian started screaming with joy for all the things he missed in camp, for the copious food in the refrigerator, for the new clothes his mom had bought, for the family dog Lucas. He spent 10 minutes in his first hot shower screaming, "Woooooo!"

Upon returning home, Damian started screaming with joy for all the things he missed in camp, for the copious food in the refrigerator, for the new clothes his mom had bought, for the family dog Lucas. He spent 10 minutes in his first hot shower screaming, "Woooooo!"

 Damian spends almost all his time outside school riding through the streets of Pomona with his crew. His cousin David (right) lives a few houses down. They're usually inseparable.

Damian spends almost all his time outside school riding through the streets of Pomona with his crew. His cousin David (right) lives a few houses down. They're usually inseparable.

 Damien's friends all now go to different schools, because his high school refused readmit him. He ended up at a continuation school. He doesn't have a job or homework.

Damien's friends all now go to different schools, because his high school refused readmit him. He ended up at a continuation school. He doesn't have a job or homework.

 Damian signs the terms of his probation with his officer at the county offices in Pomona. He is supposed to stay away from drugs, seek employment, rack up high school credits and get counseling for anger issues.

Damian signs the terms of his probation with his officer at the county offices in Pomona. He is supposed to stay away from drugs, seek employment, rack up high school credits and get counseling for anger issues.

 Hector smokes from a pipe at a place the crew calls "The Top of the World" as Damian puts Louie in a headlock. Damian quit smoking weed after his arrest. It's still part of the culture around him.

Hector smokes from a pipe at a place the crew calls "The Top of the World" as Damian puts Louie in a headlock. Damian quit smoking weed after his arrest. It's still part of the culture around him.

 Damian plays around with his cousin David. They took martial arts classes together for years. They hang out less after Damian's release from the camps, because David smokes often and Damian doesn't smoke at all.

Damian plays around with his cousin David. They took martial arts classes together for years. They hang out less after Damian's release from the camps, because David smokes often and Damian doesn't smoke at all.

 Jocelyn met Damian on the promenade in Pomona on a Friday night where they talked for an hour as the crowds spilled out of the bars and clubs lining the strip.

Jocelyn met Damian on the promenade in Pomona on a Friday night where they talked for an hour as the crowds spilled out of the bars and clubs lining the strip.

 Damian heats up a metal disc with a blowtorch so his friends can smoke dabs, a waxy concentrate of marijuana. Damian takes a drug test every week as part of his probation and doesn't smoke.

Damian heats up a metal disc with a blowtorch so his friends can smoke dabs, a waxy concentrate of marijuana. Damian takes a drug test every week as part of his probation and doesn't smoke.

 Damian meets with his probation officer two months after getting out of the camps. They talk about how he needs to keep looking for work and meet with a counselor. The officer puts a barcode sticker on Damian's arm and sends him to the bathroom for a drug test.

Damian meets with his probation officer two months after getting out of the camps. They talk about how he needs to keep looking for work and meet with a counselor. The officer puts a barcode sticker on Damian's arm and sends him to the bathroom for a drug test.

 Damian and his friends ride bikes to a hotel room in Pomona where an older couple lives so his friends can smoke.

Damian and his friends ride bikes to a hotel room in Pomona where an older couple lives so his friends can smoke.

 Damian head bangs on the front row of a hardcore show in the back room of a Mediterranean restaurant in Pomona. The concert gets shut down early because the crowd is too big for the venue, and Damian wanders back onto the streets of Pomona. 

Damian head bangs on the front row of a hardcore show in the back room of a Mediterranean restaurant in Pomona. The concert gets shut down early because the crowd is too big for the venue, and Damian wanders back onto the streets of Pomona. 

 Martha meets with a mental health counselor from the county to talk about Damian and his anger issues. He sometimes gets loudly frustrated when things don't go as he expects or hopes.

Martha meets with a mental health counselor from the county to talk about Damian and his anger issues. He sometimes gets loudly frustrated when things don't go as he expects or hopes.

 Damian looks at bikes in the Pomona Swap Meet. Today, he wants a new bike and a new phone. Someday, he wants to buy a Volkswagen bus and move to San Francisco after high school.

Damian looks at bikes in the Pomona Swap Meet. Today, he wants a new bike and a new phone. Someday, he wants to buy a Volkswagen bus and move to San Francisco after high school.

 Damian takes all his family's cans and bottles from his entire six-month stay in camp to a recycling center. He's hoping to get more than $100 for the stash, but it's only worth about $60.

Damian takes all his family's cans and bottles from his entire six-month stay in camp to a recycling center. He's hoping to get more than $100 for the stash, but it's only worth about $60.

 A friend smokes from a vaporizer in Damian's room. He built the vaporizer from parts to get as much smoke as possible from the oils it burns.

A friend smokes from a vaporizer in Damian's room. He built the vaporizer from parts to get as much smoke as possible from the oils it burns.

 Early in 2014, Damian got jumped outside a late-night party and the attackers stole his phone. His mom got him a new smartphone and a new bike. If he can stay on the right side of his probation, he'll graduate early in December.

Early in 2014, Damian got jumped outside a late-night party and the attackers stole his phone. His mom got him a new smartphone and a new bike. If he can stay on the right side of his probation, he'll graduate early in December.

 Martha and Damian wait outside juvenile court for his first appointment with a judge. His family paid for a lawyer and the news is good. He doesn't have to appear in court again for a year as long as there's no problem. "I’m not going to have a problem," Damian says.

Martha and Damian wait outside juvenile court for his first appointment with a judge. His family paid for a lawyer and the news is good. He doesn't have to appear in court again for a year as long as there's no problem. "I’m not going to have a problem," Damian says.

FreeDamian5.jpg
 It's early morning in the main bunks at Camp Afflerbaugh in the mountains overlooking suburban Los Angeles. An officer barks loudly, ordering detainees to lie flat in their bunks. Everyone is shouting.
 Damian's family shows up at 7 a.m. to take him home after six months in the camps. His mother visited him frequently but still can't contain her joy at his release.
 Camp Afflerbaugh was home to 82 boys at the time of Damian's release. He hated it. He says he got in a fight (and won) during kitchen duty. He filled notebooks with magazine clippings and hand-drawn art.
 Despite his release, Damian's fate is still in the hands of the juvenile justice system. He's 16 now. Even if he stays out of trouble, he'll be watched closely until he becomes an adult.
 Damien's mother Martha takes him directly from the camp to morning mass in Pomona, Calif., where they live. "He’s my baby," she says. "(I) never cut the umbilical cord from him."
 Upon returning home, Damian started screaming with joy for all the things he missed in camp, for the copious food in the refrigerator, for the new clothes his mom had bought, for the family dog Lucas. He spent 10 minutes in his first hot shower screaming, "Woooooo!"
 Damian spends almost all his time outside school riding through the streets of Pomona with his crew. His cousin David (right) lives a few houses down. They're usually inseparable.
 Damien's friends all now go to different schools, because his high school refused readmit him. He ended up at a continuation school. He doesn't have a job or homework.
 Damian signs the terms of his probation with his officer at the county offices in Pomona. He is supposed to stay away from drugs, seek employment, rack up high school credits and get counseling for anger issues.
 Hector smokes from a pipe at a place the crew calls "The Top of the World" as Damian puts Louie in a headlock. Damian quit smoking weed after his arrest. It's still part of the culture around him.
 Damian plays around with his cousin David. They took martial arts classes together for years. They hang out less after Damian's release from the camps, because David smokes often and Damian doesn't smoke at all.
 Jocelyn met Damian on the promenade in Pomona on a Friday night where they talked for an hour as the crowds spilled out of the bars and clubs lining the strip.
 Damian heats up a metal disc with a blowtorch so his friends can smoke dabs, a waxy concentrate of marijuana. Damian takes a drug test every week as part of his probation and doesn't smoke.
 Damian meets with his probation officer two months after getting out of the camps. They talk about how he needs to keep looking for work and meet with a counselor. The officer puts a barcode sticker on Damian's arm and sends him to the bathroom for a drug test.
 Damian and his friends ride bikes to a hotel room in Pomona where an older couple lives so his friends can smoke.
 Damian head bangs on the front row of a hardcore show in the back room of a Mediterranean restaurant in Pomona. The concert gets shut down early because the crowd is too big for the venue, and Damian wanders back onto the streets of Pomona. 
 Martha meets with a mental health counselor from the county to talk about Damian and his anger issues. He sometimes gets loudly frustrated when things don't go as he expects or hopes.
 Damian looks at bikes in the Pomona Swap Meet. Today, he wants a new bike and a new phone. Someday, he wants to buy a Volkswagen bus and move to San Francisco after high school.
 Damian takes all his family's cans and bottles from his entire six-month stay in camp to a recycling center. He's hoping to get more than $100 for the stash, but it's only worth about $60.
 A friend smokes from a vaporizer in Damian's room. He built the vaporizer from parts to get as much smoke as possible from the oils it burns.
 Early in 2014, Damian got jumped outside a late-night party and the attackers stole his phone. His mom got him a new smartphone and a new bike. If he can stay on the right side of his probation, he'll graduate early in December.
 Martha and Damian wait outside juvenile court for his first appointment with a judge. His family paid for a lawyer and the news is good. He doesn't have to appear in court again for a year as long as there's no problem. "I’m not going to have a problem," Damian says.

It's early morning in the main bunks at Camp Afflerbaugh in the mountains overlooking suburban Los Angeles. An officer barks loudly, ordering detainees to lie flat in their bunks. Everyone is shouting.

Damian's family shows up at 7 a.m. to take him home after six months in the camps. His mother visited him frequently but still can't contain her joy at his release.

Camp Afflerbaugh was home to 82 boys at the time of Damian's release. He hated it. He says he got in a fight (and won) during kitchen duty. He filled notebooks with magazine clippings and hand-drawn art.

Despite his release, Damian's fate is still in the hands of the juvenile justice system. He's 16 now. Even if he stays out of trouble, he'll be watched closely until he becomes an adult.

Damien's mother Martha takes him directly from the camp to morning mass in Pomona, Calif., where they live. "He’s my baby," she says. "(I) never cut the umbilical cord from him."

Upon returning home, Damian started screaming with joy for all the things he missed in camp, for the copious food in the refrigerator, for the new clothes his mom had bought, for the family dog Lucas. He spent 10 minutes in his first hot shower screaming, "Woooooo!"

Damian spends almost all his time outside school riding through the streets of Pomona with his crew. His cousin David (right) lives a few houses down. They're usually inseparable.

Damien's friends all now go to different schools, because his high school refused readmit him. He ended up at a continuation school. He doesn't have a job or homework.

Damian signs the terms of his probation with his officer at the county offices in Pomona. He is supposed to stay away from drugs, seek employment, rack up high school credits and get counseling for anger issues.

Hector smokes from a pipe at a place the crew calls "The Top of the World" as Damian puts Louie in a headlock. Damian quit smoking weed after his arrest. It's still part of the culture around him.

Damian plays around with his cousin David. They took martial arts classes together for years. They hang out less after Damian's release from the camps, because David smokes often and Damian doesn't smoke at all.

Jocelyn met Damian on the promenade in Pomona on a Friday night where they talked for an hour as the crowds spilled out of the bars and clubs lining the strip.

Damian heats up a metal disc with a blowtorch so his friends can smoke dabs, a waxy concentrate of marijuana. Damian takes a drug test every week as part of his probation and doesn't smoke.

Damian meets with his probation officer two months after getting out of the camps. They talk about how he needs to keep looking for work and meet with a counselor. The officer puts a barcode sticker on Damian's arm and sends him to the bathroom for a drug test.

Damian and his friends ride bikes to a hotel room in Pomona where an older couple lives so his friends can smoke.

Damian head bangs on the front row of a hardcore show in the back room of a Mediterranean restaurant in Pomona. The concert gets shut down early because the crowd is too big for the venue, and Damian wanders back onto the streets of Pomona. 

Martha meets with a mental health counselor from the county to talk about Damian and his anger issues. He sometimes gets loudly frustrated when things don't go as he expects or hopes.

Damian looks at bikes in the Pomona Swap Meet. Today, he wants a new bike and a new phone. Someday, he wants to buy a Volkswagen bus and move to San Francisco after high school.

Damian takes all his family's cans and bottles from his entire six-month stay in camp to a recycling center. He's hoping to get more than $100 for the stash, but it's only worth about $60.

A friend smokes from a vaporizer in Damian's room. He built the vaporizer from parts to get as much smoke as possible from the oils it burns.

Early in 2014, Damian got jumped outside a late-night party and the attackers stole his phone. His mom got him a new smartphone and a new bike. If he can stay on the right side of his probation, he'll graduate early in December.

Martha and Damian wait outside juvenile court for his first appointment with a judge. His family paid for a lawyer and the news is good. He doesn't have to appear in court again for a year as long as there's no problem. "I’m not going to have a problem," Damian says.

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