Formerly incarcerated students were less than half as likely to return to jail after they wrote to their teachers.
Could juvenile detention facilities look more like college campuses, with the same opportunities provided?
Recent laws have spurred historic changes to the state's juvenile system, where hundreds of young people are incarcerated each year at one of the state's four facilities.
By 2023 each county will have to take over the responsibility of finding appropriate housing facilities for young people in their local juvenile justice system. Implementing the law is proving to be difficult.
A voter-approved state sentencing law has cut the time students spend in court schools.