• 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
  • Part 2: A Conversation with a Former Ward of the CA DJJ… Continued from Monday’s post, a conversation with Anthony, a former ward of the California Department of Juvenile Justice. (Read it HERE) Juvenile-in-Justice: It seems like a huge component of the troubles with the DJJ comes from issues with some staff… can you elaborate on that?   Anthony: The staff is, for the most part, shit. […] January 16, 2013
  • Juvenile In Justice on Newsweek/Daily Beast This week, Newsweek/Dailybeast ran a feature “In ‘Juvenile In Justice,’ Children Caught in America’s Prison System.” The article, by Eliza Shapiro, is another great example of how the mainstream media is becoming more aware of the issue of over-incarceration of youth in the U.S.  [superquote] Despite more attention and advocacy, Ross says his time inside […] October 25, 2012
  • TEXAS Tom Brooks, head of Harris County Probation, essentially the greater Houston area, answered his email and followed up with a phone call with the words, “We want you to come to Harris County and document everything we have; the good, the bad and the ugly. The only way we will improve the lives of these […] June 4, 2012
  • Silverware Most, if not all facilities in the US have juveniles eating with plastic-ware or a “spork.” Here at Burnaby Youth Custody Services in Vancouver, each unit has ten juveniles and they eat with knife, fork and spoon. February 22, 2012
  • the state of Mississippi and issues of access 1.5 hours east of Jackson, Walnut Grove is a town in a town defined by a triangular strip. I stop into the drugstore to get some gum and take a leak, the pharmacist says, “we don’t have any sugarless gum and you can use the bathroom at the doctor’s office next door…they don’t mind.” It […] November 11, 2011
  • Missouri Model 30 years ago, Missouri closed their training schools (think big, with concertina wire and guards) and replaced them with smaller facilities like group homes (think small, cottage-y, with more specialists and less guards). In 2010, Annie E. Casey foundation published a report on the benefits of the Missouri Model featuring Juvenile-in-Justice images. October 19, 2011