• “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
  • “I don’t know my mother. My dad lives in Mexico.” I’ve been here five days. This is my first time here. I’m 13. I was in LP for one night when I was 12. I’m being charged with B&E (breaking & entering) at my school. I’ve been here now because I was charged with assault with a deadly weapon at school, but I didn’t have a […] May 11, 2016
  • “I always stuck with school. I always had good grades.” I’ve been here two months now. The first time I was here was on a burglary charge. I was 14. Two other times I was here for cutting off my house arrest bracelet. Old charges that popped up and they sent me back downstairs from the courtroom down to detention. My P.O. (probation officer) is […] November 25, 2015
  • “I was on the run for a month…” I’ve been here 245 days. I caught a gang case—robbery. I was 12 when I first came here. They have me as a member of the Heartless Felons. Mom works at the clinic. My dad doesn’t have a job. My mom and dad live together. I have four brothers and two sisters. I’m the oldest. […] September 2, 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
  • “. . .nothing but some stupid shit.” I have been here two months. This is my first time here. They just picked me up in the streets right after school. I went to the station. I couldn’t go home. They wouldn’t let me go to my mom. I was on probation. I’m here for nothing but some stupid shit. I live with […] February 11, 2015
  • 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
  • We got to 50, and then decided to go to 100. “It’s my first time here. I’m accused of sexually molesting my 5-year-old brother. My grandparent and parents visit on Tuesday and Thursday and Saturday. Mom is a nurse. Dad a car mechanic. He quit that and is now trying to be a salesman. It was kind of scary when I first got here. I was […] November 6, 2013
  • Why did they shoot me? “Someone was shooting at me ten days ago. They got me in the hand. Bullet went from my thumb out through my pinky. They had to take a piece of my hip to replace the bone in the hand. It’s my right hand. My first time I was here was when I was 14 for […] October 30, 2013
  • I ask, “Where was you?” “I have a little sister, 7, and an older sister, 28. My half brother was in juvie for running, fleeing, invading. Mom and dad are from Mexico. They are separated. Mom lives in Overland Park—dad ices in Washington. I’ve been here 2 weeks. This is my sixth time. I was 13 when I first was […] August 28, 2013
  • I’m going to an adult prison for 28 months I’m from Kansas City originally.  I’ve been in Olathe for six years.  I’ve been in here for 3 months.  I’m here for aggravated robbery with a gun.  I got a gun from a friend for $200.  It was a .22 with a full clip.  Beretta.  I’m going to an adult prison for 28 months.  I […] August 14, 2013
  • I’m done when I say I’m done and I’m done. I did PCP for two days, then I broke into Goodwill because I was so cold. I was on house arrest for two days for Marijuana. I’ve been here twice. On this trip I was here a week. First time I was here two weeks— also when I was 17. I have 23 more days […] August 7, 2013