• “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
  • 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 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
  • “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
  • The [Justice] Short List 10-24-14 Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time. 10-Year-Old Murder Defendant Shows Failure of U.S. Juvenile Justice System When 10-year-olds are being held in jails with adult criminals, can we even utter the word ‘justice’ when talking about this societal system? In examining the case […] October 24, 2014
  • I can’t parole until 72 years. “When I came in I was 15. I’ve been here for over a year. I’m XX3. They put me in XX3 once I was sentenced in 90-to-life. I can’t parole until 72 years. Technically, they can’t give you a life sentence, but they did. I wouldn’t call myself washed because I’m coming home. I think […] July 16, 2014
  • [Family-in-Justice] Cheryle and her grandson Anthony Part 2 [Read Part 1 HERE]     Cheryle:   Sometimes I wish we had left the country. We had that weekend, we could have run away. But we had no idea. We knew he was innocent. We went on vacation. We were so naïve. I used to believe in the system. Now I am angry with […] March 27, 2013
  • [Family-in-Justice] Cheryle and her grandson Anthony Part 1 Late last year we received an email from Cheryle Abul-Husn of Whiting, Indiana that said, with devastating simplicity: “I would like to tell you the story of my grandson, arrested at 15, serving a 60-year sentence for a murder he did not commit.” Cheryle’s grandson Martin Anthony Villalon Jr., who goes by Anthony, currently resides […] March 25, 2013
  • Letter from an Orleans Parish Prison alumni As a kid I was sent to juvenile hall four times. When I was seventeen I was sent to Orleans Parish Prison for a fistfight. My cellmate there was charged with two counts of first-degree murder. The fear I dealt with there must have given me something close to post traumatic stress disorder. I was […] February 3, 2012
  • Life sentence without parole I have two more months here, or less, then I go to an adult facility. I was convicted (with several co-defenders) of killing one of my friend’s mother. I was sixteen, and it was a series of events—bad peer pressure and alcohol. November 9, 2011
  • ESCAPE (ism) Kids escape institutions in many ways. Not all of them are over the fence. November 7, 2011
  • A.H, Miami-Dade Regional Juvenile Detention Center, Miami, FL I been here eight months, right now I’m reading Metamorphosis [by Franz Kafka] . I been in 20-25 fights here. I’m got two counts of murder, rape, and assault. September 29, 2011