• “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
  • “She was incarcerated when I was born—so was my dad.” I’ve been here twice. I live with my great grandmother. She’s 85. I don’t know where my mother is. I know my daddy is incarcerated. He has been there about eight months now for drug trafficking. My mom went to jail numerous times for selling drugs. She was incarcerated when I was born—so was my […] November 18, 2015
  • [Fusion] Why are so many kids serving time in juvenile jail? We are happy to share this great piece by Fusion. Back in February Fusion accompanied Richard Ross to document the kids behind bars in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. This piece is by the kids for the kids. The video produced from that day: October 26, 2015
  • [Konbini] Juvenile in Justice: Richard Ross Shot The Grim Lives of Kid Convicts The website Konbini published “Juvenile in Justice: Richard Ross Shot The Grim Lives of Kid Convicts”:  V., also aged 17 explained the terrible conditions he had encountered at the horrendous jail complex of Rikers Island, located in the Bronx: Everything there was horrible. The food. The beds. The guards. It was all horrible. We had to […] May 29, 2015
  • “I couldn’t stay in the house.” I was in foster care since 10th grade. I’ve been here a year. It’s boring. I was at a group home for a while, but she wasn’t feeding me there. I went out and stole food. She wasn’t treating me right. I couldn’t stay in the house. I was locked up a while for robbery. […] May 20, 2015
  • “My mother lost her rights.” I’m in 10th grade. I was three or four when I entered the foster care system. I’ve been to 13 different homes. I just didn’t fit in. The case worker didn’t feel I fit in and I would go to a respite foster home. I would still be going to the same school and they […] April 29, 2015
  • [Slate] What It’s Like to Be a Girl in America’s Juvenile Justice System Yesterday, Jordan Teicher published “What It’s Like to Be a Girl in America’s Juvenile Justice System” on Slate. The post contains nine of our images and a lovely interview by Jordan. “We say, ‘It’s better than having them on the streets.’ But that doesn’t address the issue of why their neighborhoods aren’t better places to live. Just by […] April 27, 2015
  • “I was gang since day one.” I’m from Watts. I’ve been here two weeks. I am in seventh grade. First time I was here earlier this year. I was here five weeks ago for a week. I was brought in at 3AM by LAPD. I went to court yesterday. There was no space for 13 year-olds there so now I am […] January 28, 2015
  • “When you lead this life . . .” I’ve been here five months. I live in North Hollywood. This is my seventh time here. I was born in Koreatown. I was living with my dad and four brothers. My mom is not in the picture. My dad was in jail until I was 12. My grandma raised me from two to 12. There […] December 24, 2014
  • “It’s all around me, that’s all I see.” I’ve been here three weeks. This is my third time here. First time I was here I was 14. I was 11 when I started using meth. My mom’s an alcoholic; my uncle and my dad are addicts. It’s all around me; that’s all I see. I live in the valley in North Hollywood. I […] October 8, 2014
  • “In my country people play like that.” This is my first time I detention. I’ve been here 5 months because my attorney said I need to see a special doctor. I’m from Norwalk. I live with my mom, who’s a babysitter, stepdad, who’s a mechanic, and three step brothers. I don’t know my real dad. I’m in eighth grade. No there’s no […] September 17, 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