• “In the south, it was nothing for a black man robbing a white establishment to get life.” “My name is Lee Albert Ansley and I’m sixty-five years old. I’m from Jacksonville Florida. I’ve been around the block a few times. I’ve been an addict; I’ve been a fool. I’m here for a parole violation, but I’ve done a total of 38 years. I was raised by my mom and my big momma-my […] May 4, 2017
  • I was taught the game. “I been her three months now. This is my second time. My moms an X-ray technician, she visits. My dad’s not in the picture. My girlfriend braided my hair. I’m from BPS. Black Peace Stone. Where’s that? It’s the Jungles. What’s that? The apartments. Where are the apartments? Western LA over near La Salle. I […] October 7, 2016
  • “I’ve been here four months. I’ve been in this room four months.” I’m 17 years old. I’ve been here four months. I’ve been in this room four months. I’m wearing a smock to prevent me from hurting myself. I hurt myself. Why? I want to commit suicide. I don’t talk to a therapist. They aint doing no good. I spoke to her today for about 5 minutes. […] November 11, 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
  • The [Justice] Short List 5-8-14 Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time. Double Charged: The True Cost of Juvenile Justice The social and psychological costs of juvenile incarceration are so massive I’m not sure one could ever truly calculate their sum—especially for the most marginalized in our society. The […] May 9, 2014
  • I fought her in 2011 and I’m still on probation. “They say I’m in sanction house. I don’t even know—I think it’s just a jail. Last night I was in my own bed. This is my first time here. I violated my probation by staying out.  I was supposed to be home at 8 on Thursday night. But I stayed out and was at a […] November 20, 2013
  • [audio interview] Both sides of the bars: K.X, age 19, and the superintendent 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: K.X, a young woman in insolation at Oak Creek and […] February 11, 2013
  • Eight months pregnant I’m eight months pregnant. I guess I am excited and terrified. I ran away to see Santiago who lives in Scottsdale. I got pregnant intentionally. May 3, 2012
  • Aussie in the desert I came here from Australia. Yeah, this is definitely a switch for me. I was “misbehaving.” I wasn’t getting along with my Mom. April 5, 2012
  • Stabbing/Ribbing I was doing a lot of drinking, drugs, robbing people, fighting. I stabbed a girl and ribbed a guy. February 16, 2012
  • Cutting remarks Trauma takes many forms. Responses may be seen in several manifestations. When a juvenile exhibits certain symptoms, they are just that– symptoms. The root causes may be depression and this may be caused by any number of circumstances of surroundings. Frequently the depression results in eating disorders, cutting, alcoholism, drugs, cutting and in its most […] January 17, 2012
  • Cross Creek Residential Treatment I was a Gangbanger. My Mother is in the Police Academy and lives with her girlfriend. My dad died. I have an uncle who was in prison for a while. No big deal. December 15, 2011