Inside New York City's notorious Rikers Island, some 2,000 inmates under the age of 18 are required to attend the prison's school, Island Academy. Filmmaker Victor Buhler focuses on three: William, a would-be hip-hop star, Andre, an artist, and class valedictorian Shawn. With the help of dedicated teachers and counselors, the students try to improve their reading levels and pass their GED tests, knowing that success inside Rikers is no guarantee of success outside.
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