• “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 a complicated neighborhood.” I live with my mom and four brothers. Two of the brothers are from the same parent. One by a different dad another from a different dad. And then one from the same dad and a different mom. And then there are some stepbrothers. My grandma on my dad’s side is dead. My grandma and […] May 18, 2016
  • “She doesn’t have papers; she’s not a citizen.” This is my second time here. I’ve been here 3 days so far. I was going from my friends house at 8 o’clock at night and the cops stopped me. Two units. They took me to the downtown station for three hours. They did mugshots and fingerprinted me, and then they brought me here to […] April 20, 2016
  • “My mom and dad used to fight…” I’m 14. I’ve been here 7 months. I was 12 when I first came in here. I came in for fighting my brother. My mom, dad, Little brother, and sister visit. I’m in for 15-21 (months). My dad is African American, my mom is white. My oldest brother is home now. He was in DOC. […] November 4, 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
  • “She had me when she was 16.” I’m here for two weeks. This is the first time I have been here. I live with my mom, daddy, and grandma. I have seen them twice on a Saturday. Once on a Wednesday. I have five sisters, from three different dads. All the girls live with my mom and me. I am close with […] August 12, 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
  • “They’re giving me another chance.” I was with three kids and they did an armed robbery. This was my third offense. They’re giving me another chance. I’m moving across town. My mind is set on one thing and one thing only: to achieve my goals. I don’t know how they got a gun and how it got into the robbery. […] April 22, 2015
  • I only see my mom when I’m in court. “I’ve been here a year. I was 12 on my first visit. Nobody visits me. I only see my mom when I’m in court. I was adopted. My dad’s dead; he got hanged in jail when I was six or seven. My mom lives in Viejo. I started in foster care when I was two. […] June 18, 2014
  • I didn’t know they were going to kill him. “Just been here two days.  Came from Donnelly in Portland.  Was a year and a half in detention.  It was so long, because I was awaiting trial in three cases.  Assault two, deadly and dangerous with a knife, robbery assault three, robbery two, robbery by force (measure 11) and third charge was murder, with a […] April 16, 2014
  • …the root of all my problems. “Been incarcerated for three years. Been at Green Hills for 14 months. I was 16 when I was first incarcerated. It was for robbery. I was declined, ‘cause it was armed robbery.  And victims, yeah there were victims. I’m not gang affiliated. My dad was a longshoreman. My mom passed away when I was ten, […] March 5, 2014
  • I caught a ten-year sentence “I’m from Federal Way in Washington.  I was born in Samoa.  We pronounce it “shamore.”  I’m 100% Pacific Islander.  My family moved to Long Beach, California then Washington.  My dad was transferred to Fort Lewis.  He’s an E5 staff sergeant.  He was deployed to Iraq three times.  Then he came home and spent a tour […] February 19, 2014