• “Societies has to give opportunities” “ I’m 40 years old. I didn’t know what was going on. I was never there at the scene of the crime, but for some particular reason, they used an eyewitness and believed her testimony. I accumulated over 5000 days for good behavior, with the amount of time that I have already served, which is […] April 27, 2017
  • “Who do I trust?” I’m from Puerto Rico, and also Bushwick. I was eight years old when I went into foster care. I’ve been in 12 different foster cares. Mom had a case of abuse. My dad was sexually abusive. I told my mom but she didn’t believe it. I told my grandmother and my counselor. They took me […] June 10, 2015
  • “Six different people raped me.” First time I was here I was 14. This time I’ve been here for two months. I went AWOL from placement. When I was upset with my mom, I used drugs. I regret that. I live with my mom, my 14-year-old sister, my nine-year-old brother, and my stepdad. He’s protecting my family while I’m in […] January 14, 2015
  • The [Justice] Short List 9-27-13 Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, reports, videos and more that are worth your time. Leaders in the Field Weigh in on the Effectiveness of Diversion Programming Day and evening reporting centers are gaining traction as a viable alternative to detention for certain offenders in many states. Steering away from the […] September 27, 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
  • What Should We Learn In School?: This American Life Explores New Research on U.S. Schools   Among the chief influences on a child’s behavior—parental example, peer groups, media exposure—school holds monumental potential to either enrich or undermine the psychological growth of any child. It is impossible to understand our nation’s juvenile justice woes without also examining the education informing kids’ behavior. In the September 14th broadcast of NPR’s This American […] October 10, 2012
  • Crime or juvenile behavior? In Fall 2010, Dharun Ravi and Tyler Clementi became dorm mates as freshmen at Rutger’s University. Weeks later, Tyler committed suicide, jumping off the George Washington Bridge. Several days before, Dharun and another student had used a webcam to watch Tyler, unbeknownst to him, in an embrace with another young man. The story blew up, […] March 5, 2012
  • Two ways to deal with drama Two solutions for dealing with teenage drama: the first image is the new Kapolei Court Complex & Secure Detention in Kapolei, Hawaii where a juvenile acting out can be placed in an isolation “crisis” room. October 24, 2011