• Juvenile In Justice on Ella Baker Center Blog Richard Ross is interviewed by the Ella’s Voice Blog on the Ella Baker Center website this morning. You can read the entire interview here: http://ellabakercenter.org/blog/2012/07/juvenile-in-justice July 31, 2012
  • Age 19, 3 years served, five remaining. Ventura Youth Correctional Facility, Camarillo, California July 31, 2012
  • Four years served, four remaining This young female inmate at Ventura Youth Correctional Facility had served four years at the time of visit and had four years remaining. She is holding a model of a cell that she constructed. July 26, 2012
  • I am a different person at 20 than the drugged child I was at 13. When I was 13, my boyfriend and I, we were really, really high burglarizing a house in the desert. The burglary was interrupted… the people came home and my boyfriend brutally murdered them both. I am 20 years old. I came to this room when I was 14 and I have been sharing 7 x […] July 24, 2012
  • Ventura Youth Correctional Facility The Ventura Youth Correctional Facility, in Camarillo in Ventura County holds a population of committed youths from all over the state. VYCF is known by those in the field as a problematic facility. The Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice cites the facility as a “paragon of dysfunction” and has previously condemned the institution for […] July 23, 2012
  • Getting out on Sunday I’m in for a parole violation, I’ve been at Ventura for three months. And I am getting out on Sunday. Can’t believe it. – V, age 18, Ventura County Juvenile Justice Facility. A group cell in the boys detention pod. July 19, 2012
  • Video game day Ventura County Juvenile Justice Facility’s post-adjudication pod, for sentenced, committed, male juveniles. The pod is set up dorm-style, and houses 15 boys, with some singles and some group rooms.They have all been there varying amounts of time, ranging from one week to seven months. July 17, 2012
  • BBall Two basketball courts at Ventura County Juvenile Justice Facility in Ventura, California. July 16, 2012
  • Summer plans: a lot of reading… I’ve been to this facility 13 times… this time I’ve been here for five days. For disturbing the peace, and providing false information to an officer. Yeah… I read a lot in here. Right now I’m reading a book by Jodi Picoult, and Harry Potter, and the last book in the Twilight series. – L, […] July 12, 2012
  • Six Days and Seven Months I’ve been here for… seven months, for Grand Theft Auto. – M, left, age 17 This time? I’ve been in for six days. For drinking. But I’ve been here six or seven times before.   – A, right, age 15 July 10, 2012
  • SUMMER IN SO-CAL The above images are from the Ventura County Juvenile Justice Facility, a big compound off the 101 freeway. For the rest of this month, we are going to focus on juvenile facilities close to home for us, Ventura. For some a summer getaway destination… For others, a place for incarceration. The Ventura County Juvenile Justice […] July 9, 2012
  • 16, Muslim, at Harris County Youth Village, TX I am Muslim. I read the Koran but I don’t pray five times a day and I don’t eat Kosher food. I live with my mom and three sisters. I’m not really supposed to be here. They say I’m a runaway but my mom kicked me out. I didn’t like going to school or listening […] July 5, 2012