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  • ‘In the 6th grade I used to sneak out at night and go to juke joints. At age 15 I started messing around and found a gun.’ “My Mom was a laundry worker. Dad was a septic tank worker and a boom sod sprayer. In the 6th grade I used to sneak out at night and go to juke joints. At age 15 I started messing around and found a gun. I got 11 months in Okachobee School for boys. By 8th […] January 18, 2017
  • “They put me on adult probation at 13.” I first came here at 13. My first charge was having a knife and drugs. The drugs? Weed. I was here for a week—was the worst place I ever want to be…locked up. I came back a couple of months later. More weed charges. They put me on adult probation at 13. This went on […] August 31, 2016
  • “Any time they hear my name they lock me up.” I’ve been in the timeout room for two days. I’ve been in detention four times. The first time I was 13. I’ve been in isolation eight times. The longest time was two weeks. Any conflict or altercation they lock me up. Doesn’t matter who’s to blame they lock me up. They won’t let me tell […] January 21, 2016
  • “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
  • “They’re giving me another chance.” I was with three kids and they did an armed robbery. This was my third offense. They’re giving me another chance. I’m moving across town. My mind is set on one thing and one thing only: to achieve my goals. I don’t know how they got a gun and how it got into the robbery. […] April 22, 2015
  • “. . . it wasn’t loaded.” DCFS put me with my granny . . . She’s a saint. Grandma visits every Sunday. I’ve been here for four months. I consider this an opportunity for learning. My mom passed away when I was 12 from cancer. DCFS put me with my granny. My dad is not around. She takes care of my two […] November 12, 2014
  • “This wasn’t my first choice, this life.” This is my first time here. I’ve been here six weeks. Actually this isn’t my first time here. I was here when my mom was pregnant with me. So maybe I was here 16 years ago. I went to foster care, and then I got back in touch with her some months before I got […] October 15, 2014
  • I only see my mom when I’m in court. “I’ve been here a year. I was 12 on my first visit. Nobody visits me. I only see my mom when I’m in court. I was adopted. My dad’s dead; he got hanged in jail when I was six or seven. My mom lives in Viejo. I started in foster care when I was two. […] June 18, 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
  • I didn’t know they were going to kill him. “Just been here two days.  Came from Donnelly in Portland.  Was a year and a half in detention.  It was so long, because I was awaiting trial in three cases.  Assault two, deadly and dangerous with a knife, robbery assault three, robbery two, robbery by force (measure 11) and third charge was murder, with a […] April 16, 2014
  • Getting a gun?…I get them free “I was first shot when I was 15. Here in the arm and in the side. I was out there trying to get some money by doing robberies and burglaries. Been here once, twice, three times.  I live with my grandma, grandpa, mom, and little sisters. Mom is 34 years old. She had be when […] January 29, 2014
  • I been in 20 different rooms here. “I first came here at 13. My first charge was having a knife and drugs. The drugs? Weed. I was here for a week—was the worst place I ever want to be…..locked up. I came back a couple of months later. More weed charges. They put me on adult probation at 13. This went on […] November 13, 2013