• [GUEST POST] Robert Wright from Cook County’s Juvenile Advisory Council Today Juvenile In Justice is lucky enough to hear from Robert Wright, a youth representative on Cook County’s Juvenile Advisory Council, to learn about what former probationers and probation officers are doing together to improve outcomes for youth in Cook County, Illinois. J.A.C., or the Juvenile Advisory Council, is the voice of Chicago’s youth. This program has given […] June 23, 2014
  • Now I am back to my culture. I got into a fight while under the influence of drugs and alcohol.. I saw a person from a different gang.  I just attacked her. “I’m from North Dakota. Grew up in Portland.  Dad is Klamath Modoc went to North Dakota to a reservation to visit.  Mom lives in Oregon.  Sister, mom, and dad live […] April 2, 2014
  • Comparing the Old and the New at Johnson County Juvenile Detention Facilities NEW: Johnson County Youth and Family Services Center, Olathe, Kansas Above, an art piece in the facility entryway. Above and below, a suspended sculpture in the atrium of the new juvenile detention facility. OLD: Johnson County Juvenile Detention Center, Olathe, Kansas Above, peering into two empty cells in the old (still in use) detention facility. […] July 9, 2013
  • Changing confinement culture in Olathe, Kansas Olathe, Kansas is a suburb of Kansas City, but with its own unique issues. The Juvenile Detention center is divided into two parts, the older institution and a newer, LEED platinum certified facility across the street. I visited Olathe last month and photographed at both facilities. The older facility is divided into pods, two levels, […] July 1, 2013
  • A Mother’s Plea: Stop Solitary Confinement of Children Via ACLU: In 2005, Vicky Gunderson’s 17-year-old son, Kirk (pictured above), committed suicide while in solitary confinement in a Wisconsin jail. Here’s her story: “As a mother, not being able to hug and comfort my son when he was alone in a concrete box was like the worst form of hell. Knowing our son Kirk […] June 18, 2013
  • More than Decoration: Art in Juvenile Prisons A youth prison in Maryland where many of the cells, referred to as rooms, have chalkboard walls free to be drawn on. A California Youth Authority facility where young people serving “juvie life” sentences tack complex photo collages to the walls above their beds and desks. A cell at a detention facility in Multnomah County, […] May 13, 2013
  • Chicago, gun violence, and limiting the reach of the system.     When talking about juvenile incarceration facilities with folks, I hear this argument sometimes, “For a lot of those kids, isn’t their life inside those facilities better than their life on the outside? Aren’t those facilities safer and cleaner than their lives and homes? Aren’t they being fed better, more regularly?” Sure. If you […] March 6, 2013
  • L.N, age 17, “I’m tough no matter what.” “I’m from Salem. They had me in a take down a week or two ago. I got in a fight with a girl so they split us up and I spit on one of them, Mike…Nobody visits me. I’ve been here 3 months. My mom’s in Salem. She does a lot of meth. My dad […] February 18, 2013
  • [audio interview] Both sides of the bars: K.X, age 19, and the superintendent Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility is an all-female facility in Albany, Oregon. The only one in the state. Last month Richard Ross spent 12+ hours talking, photographing, and recording the people who live and work at Oak Creek. The following post focuses on two perspectives: K.X, a young woman in insolation at Oak Creek and […] February 11, 2013
  • Both sides of the bars: the inmate and the director Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility is an all-female facility in Albany, Oregon. The only one in the state. Last month Richard Ross spent 12+ hours talking, photographing, and recording the people who live and work at Oak Creek. The following post focuses on two perspectives from both sides: K.Q, a young woman incarcerated at Oak […] February 6, 2013
  • Dealing with Youth Agression Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility is an all-female facility in Albany, Oregon. The only one in the state. Last month I spent 12+ hours talking, photographing, and recording the people who live and work at Oak Creek. What follows is an excerpt of a conversation with Mike Riggan, the superintendent of Oak Creek, on maintaining […] February 4, 2013
  • A conversation about the CA Department of Juvenile Justice… Earlier this month, I interviewed Anthony, a young man who had spent over a year in the California DJJ between 2004 and 2006 and then went on to receive his degree from University of California, Berkeley. (Read Part 1 of the interview HERE and part 2 HERE) His disheartening experiences in the DJJ brought up […] January 28, 2013