• A.W, age 16, Youth Training Center, Elko, NV I’m from southern California originally. I was living in Las Vegas, partying a lot,  doing lots of drugs and trying to be a DJ. My Mom is emotionally distant and my step dad is very aggressive. One’s Catholic and the other is a Jehovah’s Witnesses. They really don’t like that I am gay. October 31, 2011
  • A.B, age 14, Juvenile Detention Center, Tulsa, OK I’ve been here been here 3 days. I was charged with running away from a group home. And also larceny and seven more run away charges. I took my Mom’s car and then tried to evade police. So I got an assault. My dad lives with my step-mom–both are heavy drinkers. October 28, 2011
  • T.C, age 16, Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center, Mendota, WI I’m from Kenosha and I been here for two months, nobody visits me. I was in Ethan Allen for a year, and a month in Martin. I wanna be a R&B singer, I write my own songs [proceeds to sing, thumping against his chest for a beat]. I’ll send you my lyrics. October 27, 2011
  • S.M. age 15, Miami-Dade Regional Juvenile Detention Facility, Miami, FL “I was at TGK for a year. It wasn’t too bad, but I remember getting out and my Mom hugging me for the first time in a year and we both cried and cried. I am here now on other charges I caught– home invasion, kidnapping armed car jacking, aggravated assault, battery and armed battery. October 26, 2011
  • A.S, age 17, Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility, Kailua, HI I am a transgender female. They have me living in an isolation area for the past 7 months I think to protect me against suicide, but also keep me sort of away from the other girls. I have 2 months to go before I turn 18 and can go home. October 25, 2011
  • Two ways to deal with drama Two solutions for dealing with teenage drama: the first image is the new Kapolei Court Complex & Secure Detention in Kapolei, Hawaii where a juvenile acting out can be placed in an isolation “crisis” room. October 24, 2011
  • Isolation In juvenile treatment facilities, the stay-time in isolation and observation rooms can vary from short-term (like time-out sites) to longer term. October 20, 2011
  • Missouri Model 30 years ago, Missouri closed their training schools (think big, with concertina wire and guards) and replaced them with smaller facilities like group homes (think small, cottage-y, with more specialists and less guards). In 2010, Annie E. Casey foundation published a report on the benefits of the Missouri Model featuring Juvenile-in-Justice images. October 19, 2011
  • B.D, age 16, Hillsboro Treatment Center, Missouri I’m from St. Louis, the north side. I’m hoping to be released in four months, no later. My release date depends on my levels, levels of achievements. It’s pretty O.K here, we can wear our own clothes. – B.D, age 16 October 18, 2011
  • R, age 16, Multnomah County Detention, Oregon I am a victim, according to my lawyers. I shouldn’t be here. They are not charging me with anything, but they’ve set bail at $250,000. I have been running away my whole life. My parents got divorced when I was four. My father started sexually abusing me when I was five and my stepmother physically […] October 17, 2011
  • QUOTE: Annual costs click here to view more images from Alameda County Juvenile Justice Center source: H. D. Palmer, deputy director for External Affairs, California State Budget Office & Troy Flint, Media Relations, Oakland Unified School District October 13, 2011
  • J-in-J & JJIE October 12, 2011