Chicago, the murder-capital of the US, is home to a number of high-risk kids and young adults whose lives are seemingly pre-determined to be set on a path to crime, jail, and death.

This 8-part VICE documentary goes into the depths of the current situation and takes a look at┬áMontefiore Therapeutic Day School, a place that is trying its best to cope and help these kids with their problems so that their lives aren’t headed for the worst.

The full episode 1 of the 8-part series is after the jump (more episodes to come).