• Shoelaces as status signifiers I’m from Bed-Sty, (Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn.) I got put in Unit 41 (drug and substance abuse). I have been here 7 months– don’t know when I’ll be released. There are 17 other kids in the unit. I’m in 10th grade but should be 11th. That’s my Do-Rag on the bed. My father was a marine. I […] November 30, 2011
  • Group Home, Lyons, Mississippi I was at Walnut Grove for a while. I’m here in this “Step-Up” program , about 4 months so far. They teach you life skills here so we all help with cooking, cleaning…stuff like that. I never had a room this big and this nice in my life. I think maybe I want to play […] November 29, 2011
  • Probation Violation, Caldwell, Idaho I’ve been here 4 ½ months for PV (probation violation). I dropped dirty (positive for drugs urine test). I dropped out of high school. They say I am a model prisoner.  November 22, 2011
  • J-in-J on Prison Photography Prison Photography, a project and blog by Pete Brook who also blogs for Wired.com, featured an interview with Richard Ross about Juvenile-in-Justice. November 21, 2011
  • Crip affiliated, Spofford, Bronx, New York I’m from Brooklyn. I have been here a week and am waiting to transfer to Crossroads. I’ve been in the system 10 times.  I was 12 when I first offended. I’m a Crip. I won’t sleep on a white sheet. I won’t eat donuts because when you take a bite into it–it looks like a […] November 17, 2011
  • Orleans Parish Prison, Louisiana LEFT: I’m sort of in 10th grade. I been here at OPP for three months. I been charged for attempted murder. They charged me when I was 14. Yeah 14 when I was first charged. I had other charges when I was younger. I got six sisters and four brothers. -A.L. age 16, November 16, 2011
  • A.W, age 16, Harrison County Juvenile Detention, Biloxi, Mississippi I have been here about three weeks. I got picked up for VOP Not much to do here. Mostly I write on the wall. I really don want to talk to you. – A.W, age 16 November 15, 2011
  • the state of Mississippi and issues of access 1.5 hours east of Jackson, Walnut Grove is a town in a town defined by a triangular strip. I stop into the drugstore to get some gum and take a leak, the pharmacist says, “we don’t have any sugarless gum and you can use the bathroom at the doctor’s office next door…they don’t mind.” It […] November 11, 2011
  • J, age 15, JCC-Nampa, Nampa, ID I’ve been here for two months, I’m in special treatment because I wasn’t doing the work I was supposed to be doing in the 12-step program. I’ve been doing drugs since I was 12– weed, meth, alcohol. November 10, 2011
  • Life sentence without parole I have two more months here, or less, then I go to an adult facility. I was convicted (with several co-defenders) of killing one of my friend’s mother. I was sixteen, and it was a series of events—bad peer pressure and alcohol. November 9, 2011
  • Criminalizing normal/abnormal behavior I’ve been here a week – I have one more week to go. I’m here for a violation (probation) I was put here originally on battery charges (a fight with another boy). When Youth Services (Douglas County ) were called to take me I didn’t want to get in the car, so I didn’t put […] November 8, 2011
  • ESCAPE (ism) Kids escape institutions in many ways. Not all of them are over the fence. November 7, 2011