• “It was never easy being a kid and going straight to prison…” “My age is 41. I was charged in 1990. I was fifteen years old when I got charged with murder. I did not have anything around me, any support system, anything to look up to. It is very easy to get into things and not know the consequences to things. At fifteen I did not […] April 20, 2017
  • “It goes on and on and on until somebody stands up..” “Right now I’m forty-five… My mom worked all the time and she was unconcerned with me. Then crack epidemic came and blew the doors off of our whole house. My real father wasn’t around and I did not meet him until I was much older. For some reason, I think I was just pissed off […] April 18, 2017
  • “I’ve been coming here since I was ten or eleven.” I’m being held in detention. I’ve been coming here since I was ten or eleven. I was expelled from school in the 6th grade. There are problems at home. My younger brother is on probation. My mom works for the cable company. I live with my mother, grandmother, and aunt—she’s 15. I don’t talk to my father, he left when I was six. He tried to visit me once […] March 9, 2016
  • “I’ve never really had a father.” I was born in Hawaii, moved to Indiana, but now I’m here under a two year program. I was being held in another state for a while—that was more like a prison. There are good people working at this place. My father is in prison. I’ve never really had a father. My whole family is in Indiana. I was living with […] March 2, 2016
  • “I lost my freedom in detention!” This week, Juvenile In Justice concludes the features on two adults who spent much of their childhood lives in detention. Jose Vidrio shares his experience of being in and out of the juvenile justice system and the conditions of confinement, and touches on his achievements as an adult now.  ……………………….  by Jose Vidrio I was physically abused by my […] January 8, 2016
  • “I am very happy with my life now.” Over the next few weeks, Juvenile In Justice will feature the stories of two adults who spent much of their childhood lives in detention. This week, Amy Stephens-Vang shares her story of resilience and recovery. ……………………….  by Amy Stephens-Vang I moved to California when I was six years old. My parents are both alcoholics and drug addicts. […] December 17, 2015
  • “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
  • “…if I ever get on track.” I was here six times. The first time I was 13. I live with my mom, step dad, sister and two brothers. My mom visits me once or twice a week. I had a lot of VP (Violation of Probations). I broke an iPhone so they called it criminal damage. My Mom called the police. […] August 26, 2015
  • “My dead friends are written here.” I did the artwork. I’m here eight months. I am waiting for trial. The case was bonded over to the adult system. Most were charged or in the process of being bonded over. My mom and stepfather would visit. My dad is deceased. He was shot when I was six or seven. I was 14 […] August 19, 2015
  • “I’ll be here ‘till I’m ready to leave.” I’m 17. I been here about six months. I was 12 when I first went to juvie. I’m back for a violation this is my second commitment. The first charge was a possession of a fire firearm and a controlled substance–weed, pills. Here in Oak Ridge, if you need more help for your work they […] July 9, 2015
  • “My life is all over the place . . .” This is my second time here. The first time I was here I was 16. But that’s the normal life in a bad neighborhood. I been to foster homes, group homes, shelters, placements, everything that probation and DCFS has had, I’ve been through it. I was six years old when my mom and dad divorced. […] October 29, 2014
  • The [Justice] Short List 5-30-14 Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time. Holiday Weekend Gun Report: May 23-26, 2014 Some of you may know that we work out of the UC Santa Barbara campus, where Richard Ross has been a professor for over 35 years. Last Friday our community […] May 30, 2014