• Last time I chewed through the door and escaped “I’ve been in the system since I was 12. The judge hates me and will never let me go home. I chewed through my cell window and escaped. I opened up some other doors and let three other kids out. Two of them jumped us when we got out and were hiding by some abandoned […] 3 responses January 31, 2012
  • He wouldn’t think twice about hurting himself–or staff “I’m here because I hurt myself and they put me in confinement and observation.” -B.G. age 18, MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility, Woodburn, Oregon B.G.  is self-abusive. He is not taking his meds and he is combative. He wouldn’t think twice about hurting the staff. No responses January 26, 2012
  • Sometimes they take it out on the wall I got into a fight with a blood. I didn’t get hurt in the fight, but when they put me in solitary I punched the wall and broke my hand in three places.  - R.G, age 15, Spofford Juvenile Center, Bronx, New York For more images of “Spofford” (now closed) click here   “We have […] No responses January 24, 2012
  • Dignity Pat down search at Miami-Dade Regional Detention Center in Miami, Florida No responses January 19, 2012
  • Cutting remarks Trauma takes many forms. Responses may be seen in several manifestations. When a juvenile exhibits certain symptoms, they are just that– symptoms. The root causes may be depression and this may be caused by any number of circumstances of surroundings. Frequently the depression results in eating disorders, cutting, alcoholism, drugs, cutting and in its most […] No responses January 17, 2012
  • “You need to throw some volts on that boy’s ass!” Nothing you do is gonna keep that kid off the corner. You’re gonna have to taser that boy. You need to throw some volts on that boy’s ass.”   -D.L.s Mother age 31 (D.L. is 14) Click here for more images of Sycamore Canyon, AZ No responses January 12, 2012
  • TRAUMA-TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) I got 3 years YOS (Youth Offender System) and 6 years hanging. One count of vehicular homicide and 4 vehicular assault. I was in a coma for two months. I used to get by on my looks but—head scar, glass eye–no more getting by on looks. One response January 10, 2012
  • 2000+ pat downs and counting Dining Hall Pat Down, Muscogee Youth Development Campus, Midland, GA. The average stay for treatment here is 12-14 months. Juveniles are patted down upon entering and leaving the dining hall. Add it up—the average number of pat downs is 2200-2600 during treatment… and meals are eaten with “sporks.” For more images of Muscogee YDC click […] No responses January 5, 2012
  • Pat Down Pima I’ve been here a few months. I’m done with school so I get to go out and do a lot of gardening and tree trimming and stuff with my brother. We go out early and comeback mid day. It gets hot. I have another six weeks to go. They do a pretty good pat down […] No responses January 3, 2012