• “Now the center is my home.” I’ve been here for 3 months and I’ll be here for another 3 months. They say I have some anger problems like yelling and destroying stuff. I grew up close to the Canadian border. I flunked out of the state hospital and all the other facilities in the area. I was 13 when my parents lost parental rights, so now the center […] September 29, 2016
  • Alabama: A Different Approach By Richard Ross Cathy Woods is the assistant director of one of the more progressive juvenile detention centers in the United States: Tuscaloosa County Juvenile Detention Center in Alabama. Tuscaloosa isn’t just the home of the Crimson Tide or where George Wallace stood on the schoolhouse steps trying to thwart desegregation; it’s the location of a […] September 8, 2015
  • [KCRW] World Isn’t Worth Saving if the Price Is a Tear of an Innocent Child Last night on KCRW’s Art Talk Edward Goldman briefed listeners on Ross and his work to document the state of the juvenile justice system. Here is an excerpt from the show: Ross was able to gain access to various American juvenile detention facilities, where kids as young as 10 are being incarcerated for an unreasonably long […] July 8, 2015
  • [Mother Jones] These Photos Show What Life Is Like for Girls in Juvenile Detention Last week, Hannah Levintova wrote about Richard’s work and featured some images on Mother Jones: We confine and often demonize a group of kids who have been abused and violated by the very people who should be protecting and loving them,” writes Ross, who also won a 2012 National Magazine Award for a photo collection on juvenile […] May 5, 2015
  • The [Justice] Short List 12-5-14 Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time. Juvenile Justice Center Teens Get Up-Close Look at City Jobs A breath of fresh air comes our way from Corpus Christi, Texas! Youth from the juvenile justice center were given a tour of City Hall, met Mayor […] December 5, 2014
  • [Take Action!] Sign the Petition to End Solitary Confinements for Juveniles [vc_column_text pb_margin_bottom=”no” pb_border_bottom=”no” width=”1/2″ el_position=”first”] “It’s practically torture–and we’re doing it to kids.” The ACLU is not being dramatic when using the word torture. Solitary confinement can have horrific effects on the adolescent mind. Some facilities have practices of putting every incoming juvenile in solitary confinement for periods of 24-72 hours. Solitary confinement has been […] October 8, 2013
  • The [Justice] Short List 7-18-13 Highlights from juvenile justice and justice related articles, reports, videos and more that are worth your time From the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth: A child sentenced to die in prison never has an opportunity to be considered for parole. Beautiful / Powerful Important op-ed on the NY Times from a man who […] July 18, 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
  • The Morpheus Youth Project Morpheus Youth Project (MYP) in Portland, Oregon, strives to create a safe space both inside and outside of youth correctional facilities that supports growth and opportunity through the arts and humanities. We interviewed Founder and Director Carlos Chavez, a Chicano/Hip Hop activist, radio journalist, and local leader in cultural identity training and community building for […] June 17, 2013
  • The [Justice] Short List 6-12-13 [vc_single_image image=”ype-of-5245″ image_size=”full” frame=”noframe” full_width=”no” lightbox=”yes” link_target=”_self” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] [vc_column_text pb_margin_bottom=”no” pb_border_bottom=”no” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] [Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, reports, videos and more that are worth your time.] [/vc_column_text] [box title=”Juvenile Justice System Still a Hotbed of Sexual Assault on Children: DOJ Study” type=”coloured” pb_margin_bottom=”no” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] […] June 13, 2013
  • Solitary Confinement: A Mother’s Perspective  [Guest post by Grace Bauer, Co-Director of Justice 4 Families] In what feels like another lifetime… It was summer and we decided to take the kids and my mom fishing.  My son wanted to bring his new bike with the training wheels.  As soon as his dad took it out of the truck, he was off.  Happy […] June 5, 2013