13 thoughts on “Studying What’s Useful

  1. Indeed,juvenile criminal should be saw as significant as we could; however, to know the roots that what motivations cause things like this is more crucial than the pure sympathy and appeal.

  2. It is very shocked and disapointed to see the teenagers who are living in this environment. It make me realize juvenile criminal should not only be the personal problems for those kids locked in the prison, it should be considered as a serious problem and phenomenon for the whole society. No body born to be bad, and to locked the problem kids in prison without finding out their roots of criminal motivation can only make the problem worse. It is really sad to be locked in this tiny room without any education and social attentions, and endlessly waiting for the trial is also very frustrated for those kids. I do really see another aspact of the society from another view by reading this blog.

  3. The feeling the boy must get when he wakes up every morning to the same cell must be crushing. I can only imagine what those photos on his window do for him. There he can not only see the ones he loves, but can look out from inside the walls of his confinement and see the rays of light and possibly a glimpse of the world past the bars.

  4. Hi Mingze,
    Do you feel that these photographs and stories exist only
    to evoke sympathy? I think that before these images were available,
    many people had no idea what it actually LOOKED like in these
    facilities. I think that making a visual connection between statistics
    and conditions helps people align themselves with the issue, and really
    get behind it. I think the hope is that by seeing the images and
    understanding that a problem exists, people’s perspectives will be
    shifted enough to vote to support ballot measures which support systemic
    change to reduce incarceration and fund preventative programs for
    at-risk youth.

  5. It is unfortunate to see a 17 year old in a cell all alone reading the Criminal Code of Oregon. Every time he wakes up, he probably wonders what his family or friends are doing outside of his windows and how he cannot experience their happiness he isn’t. Hopefully, the windows will inspire him to think back of his previous actions and to pursue a brighter future.

  6. It’s such an inappropriate place for a maturing seventeen year old boy. He has a future waiting for him but him being in this cell hinders him from achieving greater things.

  7. Personally, I feel that this kind of treatment for extended periods of time is an enormous betrayal of the tenets of our justice system. Talk about cruel and unusual punishment. I can see how the people running these facilities have forgotten that their “inmates” are just children. Images like these are shocking, but hopefully enough so that they can create social change.

  8. In this photo, I feel as if he hasn’t have anything left to fight against. By having photos of his family on his wall, he is inspired to be on his best behavior. His family is everything to him, considering that he has their photos propped up against the only source of light – his only view of freedom. I believe that he is ready to leave his old behaviors behind and turn a new leaf. He is ready to change and receive his second chance, so that he can live the rest of his years with his loved ones. Only 17 years and stuck in a cave, why wouldn’t anyone want to change if it meant freedom.

  9. He has pictures of his family, a book in his hand. Who’s to say any human should be kept in a small square (I can’t call it a room because no “room” should exist as this.) and be expected to live a better life or for his/her mentality to develop in any healthy way? He’s fortunate enough to be given a book that can allow him escape and fortunate to have pictures if his family that remind him of what e does have. This is not justice. This is another way of torture.

  10. I think it is very shocking to see so many kids in conditions such as these. It is more painful to know that most of them did not commit terrible crimes, and are put in these detention facilities for such long periods of time. This person in the picture looks like he is reading the book on the criminal code of Oregon and wondering why he is in such a place when he probably did not commit a terrible crime. He is young and has a whole future ahead of him, but having him in this terrible condition and locking him up will not let him have the future that he should have. In my opinion, I believe this is a cruel punishment.

  11. I feel like so many Americans are put into facilities for unknown amounts of time and simply left there to be forgotten. Examples of this in society are senior citizens whose families can’t or won’t take care of them, juvenile delinquents being held without a trial (as shown on this website), and mentally disturbed patients who are drugged until they are vegetables. These people are human beings but instead of helping them our government either abuses or ignores them.

  12. Although it is unfortunate that he is stuck in jail, I’m glad he has a book to entertain and educate himself. I remember from lecture that most juveniles don’t even get to have a book and just sit there doing nothing. I feel like just because some juveniles flushed the book down the toilet, it shouldn’t warrant a ban on having books in the facilities. I agree with Professor Ross’s point that we should have the juveniles do something productive rather than wasting their life in jail.

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