Why Te’von Coney visited a juvenile detention center the same week he visits with NFL teams

Why Te’von Coney visited a juvenile detention center the same week he visits with NFL teams
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — To reach the gymnasium of the Juvenile Justice Center here means passing through a half-dozen doors that open and lock behind you, sensations not lost on anyone walking this beige hallway. Outside on a Monday afternoon earlier this week, light snow flurries animated the dull sky, flecks of white breaking up the massive gray. There’s a vibrant mural on one of the interior courtyard walls. This represents décor, along with a Martin Luther King Jr. picture hanging in the hallway. There is barely any view of the outside world.

This is not a place where people want to come. These aesthetics ensure that. Teal doors break up the monochrome, but that’s about it. That’s the last color before the gymnasium door is unlocked by the security guard who had stored his firearm minutes earlier. Inside the gym are 18 kids who are longer-term residents, nine boys in the front row and nine girls in the back. A handful of administrators stand at the ready behind...