• “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
  • “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
  • “But the police didn’t believe me.” I just wanted a quiet place to sleep so I went into the closet. This is the second time I’ve been here. I’m here for 10 days. First time I was here was for 8 days. I had a domestic violence with my auntie. Another time it was DV and shoplifting, but my sister grabbed […] March 25, 2015
  • The [Justice] Short List 5-30-14 Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time. Holiday Weekend Gun Report: May 23-26, 2014 Some of you may know that we work out of the UC Santa Barbara campus, where Richard Ross has been a professor for over 35 years. Last Friday our community […] May 30, 2014
  • The [Justice] Short List 4-25-14 Back after a brief hiatus with highlights from recent juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time. Echoes of the Superpredator As we now struggle to convince the masses that sentencing children as adults—even for ‘adult crimes’—is not a logical expense of young lives or taxpayer dollars, it is […] April 25, 2014
  • The [Justice] Short List 2-14-14 Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time. Facing Jail Time, Until a Lawyer With Survival Skills Helped Her Find Her Way While the stories are few and far between, we have heard them before: a teen with no record of violence slips up, a […] February 14, 2014
  • The [Justice] Short List 1-31-14 Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time. A Court’s All-Hands Approach Aids Girls Most At Risk For too long, our courts and prisons have ignored the unique challenges faces by women in society, applying the standards for males to females as well. Thankfully more […] January 31, 2014
  • Are we prepared for the consequences of our actions? Everything we do has ramifications. We ask kids seven and even younger to be accountable for their actions yet as a society we are oblivious to what repercussions the movements we make towards these children have days, weeks or decades later. The “Super Predator” movement that was going to occur never did. Incarceration levels have […] September 2, 2013
  • Chicago, gun violence, and limiting the reach of the system.     When talking about juvenile incarceration facilities with folks, I hear this argument sometimes, “For a lot of those kids, isn’t their life inside those facilities better than their life on the outside? Aren’t those facilities safer and cleaner than their lives and homes? Aren’t they being fed better, more regularly?” Sure. If you […] March 6, 2013
  • The Short List 3-5-13 [Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, reports, videos and more that are worth your time.]   via the Crime Report: ‘Who belongs in prison?’  “It’s about taking a look at the whole system and re-examining what we should be prioritizing.” Our priorities should not include: non-violent offenders (especially with drug-related offenses), […] March 5, 2013
  • The Short List 2-15-13 cool Tumblr from PBS News Hour: ‘The State of Our Union’  This project from the team at PBS News Hour collects diverse opinions on the state our union, what we are most concerned about this year. Anyone can submit and those submissions are punctuated by more formal pieces by PBS News Hour. Our friend at […] February 15, 2013
  • Ventura Youth Correctional Facility The Ventura Youth Correctional Facility, in Camarillo in Ventura County holds a population of committed youths from all over the state. VYCF is known by those in the field as a problematic facility. The Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice cites the facility as a “paragon of dysfunction” and has previously condemned the institution for […] July 23, 2012