• ‘We’re the walking dead in here.’ “I am sixty one years old. I was 17 years old when I committed the crime. When I was born, dad was not around. I went to juvie maybe three times for not going to school when I was 12 or 13. I stopped going to school in 5th or 6th grade. I went to […] January 19, 2017
  • Graham v. Florida By Richard Ross “I miss you like a prison mom.” Mary Graham has missed her son for the past thirteen years. Since he was sixteen, Terrence has been incarcerated. He was sentenced to die in prison. Terrence grew up with two crack-addicted parents. School was a series of sixteen different institutions as evictions created dislocation […] September 2, 2016
  • “My stomach was telling me one thing, but my mind was telling me another.” My father is Muslim. He lives in Northeast. I was living with my mom, grandmother, and 14-year-old little brother. My parents separated when I was younger. My mom kicked me out and put me on the streets when I was 15. She said, “You don’t live here anymore.” My grandfather died when he was 60, […] October 21, 2015
  • Images projected during FLEXN in New York From March 25th to April 4th, images and factoids from the Juvenile in Justice project were projected adjacent to Peter Sellar’s dance performance, FLEXN. See more info here: http://www.armoryonpark.org/programs_events/detail/flexn April 6, 2015
  • “Because I’m the new girl” I’ve been here and there for a month at a time. I was a month in girl care. Mom and dad don’t live together. If I get out, I really don’t have anywhere to live. The last time I lived with my mom was in a shelter, four years ago. It was a shelter for […] December 10, 2014
  • “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 […] June 5, 2012
  • Comparative Uniforms Both sets of juveniles in the images above are in residential treatment programs. Missouri (top) allows them to dress in casual clothing; Massachusetts (below) has them wearing scarlet jump suits. December 16, 2011