I'm curious as to how many parents here have experienced jail (or prison) with their difficult children? It often seems like a sad inevitable when kids are on the wrong path and are bent on making bad decisions, leading a destructive life. My daughter was 17 when she went to jail the first time. Because the call to the police was domestic, they had to take someone (threatening the police with her gang buddies while giving her report was a bad call...), and here at 17 you're considered an adult for domestic disputes, apparently. It was a horrible, horrible reality to face. Even though I knew she was "safe" up there, it was an experience - like all of them - that can't be taken back. Sadly, she was back in jail about a half dozen time in that same year. Bail-jumping, probation violations, etc. I don't know how it will affect her in the long run. It makes me sick to think about. My husband says the times in her life when she was there it was probably the best option. She was clean; she was off the streets. Unfortunately it couldn't be tx instead, which is even better, since jail is just dead time, sitting around learning how to be a better criminal, desensitizing yourself.