By Theresa Vargas
Marcus Bullock was 15, in a maximum-security prison with men who had already spent decades behind bars, and he was thinking about his Christmas presents. His girlfriend had promised to buy him a T-shirt, and he couldn’t wait to wear it to school. He also knew his mom planned to get him some new video games, and he could already picture himself playing with friends. In the courtroom, the teenager had heard a judge sentence him to eight years, but he didn’t give that number the weight or the worry it deserved. He thought once he stepped into that cell, those years would dissolve into weeks or days. He thought he would be home in time to unwrap his gifts.