It's a familiar story: A young person released from jail, only to find themselves quickly there again.
This weekend, Campbell County authorities arrested Kenneth Bartley on charges of domestic assault and resisting arrest.
Bartley spent eight years behind bars after he shot and killed a school administrator, and injured two others as a teenager at Campbell County High School back in 2005. He was convicted of reckless homicide and other charges, and released in February this year.
"The reality of it is, you're a 20-something young man with no driver's license, no education, no training, and you have to integrate yourself back into the working world," said Bartley's attorney, Greg Isaacs, Monday. "It would be challenging for anybody but I think the fact that he wants to be supervised, structure, rules, speaks volumes for Kenny."
As he walked out of court Monday, Bartley told reporters he hoped to put his previous troubles behind him and become a "successful, meaningful member of society."
"That's what I'm going to do right now is get help. I just appreciate [you all] respecting my privacy so I can get this little help," he said.
10News sat down with Janet Jenkins, the director of DCS programming at Helen Ross McNabb, to talk about the challenges facing young people who grew up behind bars.
"There are really two [types of clients]," Jenkins said, "Those clients that really just don't want the help and feel like they're really beyond the help or that they don't need anyone to help them. And then you also see those children that are just desperate for someone to show them the way, and to give them tools that they're going to need to be successful."
Jenkins said most people don't understand the value of making mistakes and learning from them in the "regular" world. For young people already caught up in the legal system, every misstep is under a microscope.
"They're not given opportunities to make minor mistakes and then learn from those mistakes," she said. "It's a lot more difficult because they make a mistake, and it seems so large in their mind that they automatically want someone else to drive the ship for them. "
She explained, each client requires different help as they learn to re-integrate after serving time.
Even though it can be difficult for the public to feel empathy for offenders like Bartley, Jenkins said, without any support they will continue to fail.
"We know as a community, we don't want to be responsible for these children that become adults, because what we're going to see is repeat-type behaviors," she said. "We want to be able to release them into a setting that's going to be nurturing and conducive to the types of things they're going to need to be successful."