So I have been searching for this movie since about 2006. I remember watching it on Television possibly 3 or 4 times back in the early 90s. It's a teen drama. I don't know if it was a straight to VHS movie or made for TV movie.
It's a about a co-ed juvenile detention center/hall/prison. The staff are very abusive to the kids. I found another guy on line from another forum who also remember the movie but was looking for the name of it. He remembered this scene which I also remember from the movie:"the main character, a teenage boy, very cocky and rebellious. at one point he's in the cafeteria of a detention facility, and he lights a cigarette. an authority figure (a woman, I think) tells him to put it out, and he puts it out in the food on his tray. the authority figure then orders him to eat it, and he instead throws it against the wall." The kids finally escape the center. They go on a road trip (cross country or state, I'm note sure). They end up at an upper middle class family's home. They take the family hostage. One of the boys ties the family's teenage daughter to an outside table and cuts open her shirt for fun (these are delinquents, after all). His love interest, a girl also from the detention center looks at him with disapproval and walks away. He follows her and apologizes. They have a lovey-dovey moment. This is all I remember. This is a movie where the teens are male and female, so it is a not a movie with all guys or girls.