• “I pray I live long enough to have kids and grandkids…” Dear Richard 5-16-17 Hello, how are you doing? I pray that this letter finds your family doing well and in the best of health. I received your note and picture today. I enjoy looking at the pictures they look so real! Thank you for checking up on me. It’s always nice to hear from a […] May 23, 2017
  • “In the south, it was nothing for a black man robbing a white establishment to get life.” “My name is Lee Albert Ansley and I’m sixty-five years old. I’m from Jacksonville Florida. I’ve been around the block a few times. I’ve been an addict; I’ve been a fool. I’m here for a parole violation, but I’ve done a total of 38 years. I was raised by my mom and my big momma-my […] May 4, 2017
  • “This is slavery.” I went to Juvie when I was 12-13 for 11 months. Since then, I’ve been incarcerated for 43 years. I was incarcerated on my 16th Birthday. I was given Life and 20. I was convicted of a Rape and Abduction when I was 15 years old. Since 1971 I have been on the street for […] January 25, 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
  • “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’m not allowed to see my biological mom, but I know her telephone number by heart.” The first time I was in the system, I was 14. I’ve been here twice. Now I’m here on violation of parole. I was fighting in school. They had me for assault with a deadly weapon. I hit a girl with a hammer. The hammer was in a utility closet. The girl tried to jump me. […] April 27, 2016
  • The [Justice] Short List 11-14-14 Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time. Center for Investigative Reporting: Video Piece This great piece by the Center for Investigative Reporting puts compelling visuals to Izzy’s story of being held in solitary confinement at Rikers Island as a teen. Recounting over 300 days […] November 14, 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
  • The [Justice] Short List 11-15-13 Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time. These 32 People Are Spending Their Lives in Prison for Nonviolent Crimes Meet a small number of the 3,000+ individuals that have been sentenced to die in prison…for committing a nonviolent crime. If you have any glimmer […] November 15, 2013
  • 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
  • The [Justice] Short List 8-30-13 Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, reports, videos and more that are worth your time. PBS: Fixing Juvie Justice PBS/Nat Geo documentary about the implementation of community conferencing in Baltimore, Maryland. Inspired by the Maori justice system, this new method of dealing with crime allows all voices to be heard in […] August 30, 2013
  • The [Justice] Short List 8-15-13 Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, reports, videos and more that are worth your time. All Kids Sentenced to Die in Michigan Prisons Get Second Chance Victory! Michigan’s courts must now hold parole hearings for ALL 363 people sentenced as juveniles to life without parole in Michigan’s prisons. While this order […] August 16, 2013