• “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
  • Graham v. Florida By Richard Ross “I miss you like a prison mom.” Mary Graham has missed her son for the past thirteen years. Since he was sixteen, Terrence has been incarcerated. He was sentenced to die in prison. Terrence grew up with two crack-addicted parents. School was a series of sixteen different institutions as evictions created dislocation […] September 2, 2016
  • Joseph Ligon By Richard Ross “I may be released before you get here…” These are the optimistic words of Joseph Ligon. Joe was incarcerated when he was 15 after a one-day trial for a murder he denies committing. He is in Pennsylvania—one of the three major states (Michigan and Louisiana) that required a subsequent Supreme Court ruling […] March 30, 2016
  • “I never got a chance to go to regular school.” I’m getting my 72 hearing. That’s means I’m supposed to be heard within 3 days. I came in yesterday. I’ve been here three times before. First time I was 14. I live with my mom, stepdad, five brothers and three sisters. I stay with my dad sometimes. I’ve been suspended from school because I didn’t […] February 10, 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
  • Tribal Justice By Richard Ross I offer condolences this Thanksgiving—sending a note to the chief judge of the Yurok tribe.  The Yuroks are the largest tribe in California. 6500 people whose traditional lands are along the Klamath River. Many of the Yurok have no running water nor electricity. Roadside deer are not road kill, rather they are “harvest.” […] December 9, 2015
  • “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
  • [Independent, KCRW] ISOLATED Simultaneously with the opening of Juvenile in Justice‘s exhibition titled ISOLATED, KCRW in Santa Barbara interviewed Richard on site in the gallery, and The Independent wrote a nice piece on the exhibition. Additionally, Santa Barbara City College’s student-run newspaper also ran a short article. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity show in our hometown and invoke change […] October 5, 2015
  • “You gotta stay humble.” I’m here in isolation. It’s a lock unit. Isolation Behavior something… rehabilitation unit… I don’t know. I been here 2 months, a month and a half. You get an hour out a day, but say you got seven residents, you might get out the end of the day for a little bit, sometimes I play […] July 22, 2015
  • “It is a battlefield out there sometimes for kids.” I am out of prison for 48 days now. Was doing 20 split 5. That means I did five and as long as I didn’t get into trouble it will stay at 5. If you get into trouble it is another 15. I was in county. That’s where they hold 16 and up. If you […] March 18, 2015
  • “No one could see that I was suffocating.” I’ve been coming here since I was 11. I am in for a DV with my mom. I thought when I first came here that jails were like I saw on TV. But this place they are not here to hurt us but to help us. It’s really cool. I first came here when I […] March 11, 2015
  • “I hope I can go home. . .” I was in GH. They thought I was 14. I was in a month. I was released and then violated. The teacher told me that if I ever came back to school they would get the students to beat me up. Teacher said I was cursing and intimidating in school. I have to be in […] February 25, 2015