Dylan Voller never set out to be a spokesperson for Indigenous youth. Not so long ago he could barely imagine himself breaking the cycle of incarceration he'd been caught in since he was 11 years old.
"I think young people, when they get locked up, have that mentality that they're going to be stuck in that cycle. They think that once they go back the second time or third time that's the only way to keep going," he said.
"[It's important] to have that mentality in your head, that that's not where you belong, and there's a life in the community for you.
"But they just have to be committed to making that change and to stop peer pressure when people try to take you the other way."
Since he was granted early release at the beginning of this year, Mr Voller has often found himself in the media spotlight: from giving speeches at rallies to testifying at the royal commission that his story helped to launch.
On top of this, he's successfully completed a rehabilitation program and then gone on to work with at-risk youth.
He even briefly considered running for a spot on the Alice Springs Town Council, but eventually withdrew from the race.
Mr Voller has inadvertently found himself as a voice for a group who largely remain unheard in our society — Indigenous youth in incarceration.
He credits the love and support of his family, friends and the wider community for giving the strength to take on such a complicated role.
"I get strength from people supporting me, showing up, messages on Facebook, showing up at the rallies and stuff like that. And family support, my sister, my mum, my nan," he said.
"I felt like I was voiceless for a long time. No-one wanted to believe me, and I think there's just too many cases that are happening now … I think that the platform I've got, I can use to help other people out."
'A whole history of abuses'
Lawyer Peter O'Brien was involved with Mr Voller long before the Four Corners episode, and is no stranger to institutional abuses within jails and detention centres.
"We knew that Dylan had been complaining since 10 years of age, and we had a claim on foot that ran from when he was about 11 years of age through a whole series of experiences that he'd had in the detention centre, not only at Don Dale but also in Alice Springs," Mr O'Brien said.
"We knew that there was a whole history of abuses that we could take action, and we did take action, in relation to.
"What we didn't know was how endemic it was, and how everything that what was known to us in 2015-2016 was known to governments of the day and that they did nothing.
"That was horrifying. It was very disturbing."
It took only 36 hours for the Four Corners episode to prompt a royal commission, and initially Mr Voller didn't know what to make of it.
"I didn't really know much about what a royal commission was, and then I started learning," he said.
"I guess it could be good, but at the end of the day it depends on what the Government is going to do with the recommendations."
He reflected that the experience of giving evidence and being cross-examined was stressful and at times humiliating.
"Their solicitor was just trying to paint the picture that I was a bad kid and I did the wrong thing, and I admit that I did," he said.
"It was kind of hard. There were actually no questions about the assault or anything that happened to me, only what I did."
NT failed to meet duty of care to kids: lawyer
Mr O'Brien has been highly critical of the Northern Territory Government, and was troubled by what he heard at the royal commission.
"Although there were two groups of people who were under the responsibility of Government — the workers within the centres and the departmental officers … and the children who were the detainees — the Government only took up the charge for the workers," he says.
He said there was a duty of care for the child detainees that the Government failed to fulfil.
"In many instances, certainly more than half, possibly as much as three-quarters of them, the Territory also had loco parentis status — they were state wards under the care of the Territory," he said.
"It troubled me that the Territory took up the cause for one but not the other."
How much of Mr Voller's experiences can be attributed to the NT Intervention, systemic problems or his own life choices has become the source of much public debate, but he hopes people will see him in much simpler terms.
"I'm just a young person who made a lot of mistakes when I was younger, but ended up getting out of the system," he said.
And despite it all, he is still optimistic about his future.
His plans are to continue his advocacy for families who have gone through similar experiences, to "try to give them a voice and help them out".
"So many people have supported me, and I think I can just do the same to help them," he said.