• Juvenile-in-Justice on ProPublica’s list of the Best Investigative Reporting on U.S Prisons In, “Land of the Free: The Best Investigative Reporting on U.S Prisons” a piece by Cora Currier on ProPublica, Juvenile in Justice was included for the feature story which ran on Wired.com in April of this year. Currier writes, “America locks up children at a quicker rate than all other developed countries, with about 60,000 […] 2 responses June 30, 2012
  • “I was the valedictorian of my class.” I graduated from high school in Louisiana, I was the valedictorian of my class. Then my mom and I were in a shelter, so I ran away. That was nine months ago. My mom was on drugs and drinking heavily. I was hospitalized with a concussion, and got charged with assault on a family member. […] No responses June 28, 2012
  • Introducing Harris County Youth Village Harris County Youth Village, a non-secure facility on a lake. The boys are in dorms; the girls are in suites. There are 90 boys and girls in treatment and hey all get vocational education at Santo Jacinto Community College– about half of them have their GED. They have real problems staffing the whole system; according […] No responses June 27, 2012
  • E.Y, age 11, Juvenile Detention Center Houston I’ve been here for two weeks, and this is my third time in. I’m in the sixth grade. I was in placement but I ran away. They accused me of assault against my mom, but she scratched herself and said I did it. My dad lives in Atlanta and works in a barber shop. -E.Y, […] One response June 26, 2012
  • SCOTUS rules against mandatory Juvenile Life Without Parole Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an historic ruling in Miller v. Alabama and Jackson v. Hobbs holding that mandatory life-without-parole sentences for all children 17 or younger convicted of homicide are unconstitutional. The ruling will affect hundreds of individuals whose sentences did not take their age or other mitigating factors into account. Last November, […] 2 responses June 25, 2012
  • T.F, age 17, Juvenile Detention Center, Houston, Texas I’m here just shy of one year. I hope they send me home or put me on probation. I’m in the 11th grade. This has been my first time here, I’m here for aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, but I didn’t do it. I came in at the end of something happening, and my […] One response June 21, 2012
  • M.C, age 16, Juvenile Detention Center, Houston, Texas I’ve been here two and a half months. Before I was in Gulf Coast Training for burglary of habitation. It was my first felony, my first offense. I was with my friends. I was the getaway driver. One went to Leadership Academy; another went to an adult facility. I live with my grandmother. I’ve been […] No responses June 19, 2012
  • I looked for love and acceptance everywhere. I’m going to be 18 in 2 weeks. I have been here one year and one month. I am here for criminal trespassing as well as sex offenses. I’ve done a lot of counseling by myself and with my family– I have four sisters and three brothers, and I live with my grandmother. This place […] No responses June 14, 2012
  • C.R, age 11, Harris County Psychiatric Center, Houston, Texas.   C.R, age 11, is heavily medicated on Thorazine. He woke up yesterday morning in a manic state– roaring, flirting with adults, and other manic behavior before attacking someone. He fell while he was playing basketball. When another kid laughed at him, C.R punched him. When staff intervened, he punched the staff. He was but […] No responses June 12, 2012
  • Harris County Psychiatric Center, Houston, Texas The Harris County Psychiatric Center is not exclusively for juveniles, but the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department pays for 16 beds at a cost of $2.1 Million dollars per year. According to the Juvenile Probation Department Executive Director Tom Brooks, it’s money well spent– on sub-acute, severe mental health needs and treatment. Some of these […] No responses June 11, 2012
  • Six months tomorrow I am in the 9th grade and will have been here for six months tomorrow. I’m here for Violation of Parole– I had a dirty urinary analysis. I was originally charged with burglary with my brother. I was only supposed to serve three months here, but they didn’€™t start my time because I was fighting […] No responses June 7, 2012
  • “No talking, hands behind your back, eyes down.” Boys lined up at the Burnett-Bayland Reception Center in Houston, Texas. This is part of the normal check-in here. A significant portion of the history of juvenile incarceration in Texas involves boot camps. The process of transitioning from this quasi-military style to a more restorative, dignified practices, takes about 10 years. The Center was originally […] 2 responses June 5, 2012