• “There isn’t a sober person in the family.” We have the same mother. Haven’t seen dad since I was three, when he died drinking. I’m in here for drugs, pills, weed, and some harder stuff. I’ve been at this facility for 11 months. I went through the Drugs and Alcohol Program, but I got drunk the same day I finished. —T.P., age 17 I’m in the 9th grade, I flunked out of my first […] September 19, 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 am always asking, ‘Where is my dad?'” I got in trouble here. Criminal damage, destruction of property. I kicked down a door in my mom’s house. She took all my electronics. I wanted to be on Facebook. I broke into my room to get my laptop. They originally took it away from me because I was suspended from school. I got in […] August 3, 2016
  • “I am always asking, ‘Where is my dad?'” I got in trouble here. Criminal damage, destruction of property. I kicked down a door in my mom’s house. She took all my electronics. I wanted to be on Facebook. I broke into my room to get my laptop. They originally took it away from me because I was suspended from school. I got in […] June 15, 2016
  • “It’s easy to get in the system, but hard to get out of it.” I go to education alternatives. I’m in 10th grade, I have been here a month now. The people I see are my mother, grandmother and probation officer. Since treatment, I have been in a Christian home and residential treatment center and shelter care for about a year. I was in YSCP—Youth Family Community Partnership—with my […] September 9, 2015
  • On the streets or in the projects I’m from Pacoima, the projects. You know the buildings? I’m a member of Project Winos. I’ve been living on the streets or else I sleep in the projects with my homies. I don’t go to school on the outs. My mom was deported when I was five, then I lived with my dad till I […] December 17, 2014
  • “This wasn’t my first choice, this life.” This is my first time here. I’ve been here six weeks. Actually this isn’t my first time here. I was here when my mom was pregnant with me. So maybe I was here 16 years ago. I went to foster care, and then I got back in touch with her some months before I got […] October 15, 2014
  • I was on probation, but I got rehooked. “I’ve been here five months. First time I was here I was 15. First time I was picked up I was 14. I was placed in Phoenix, which is rehab over at Lakeview Terrace. I was there for 10 months. It’s boys and girls. I passed my GED, and then I stayed clean for about […] June 11, 2014
  • They’re all tweakers. “First time, been here 3.5 months. I had drugs at school and was a runaway. I was caught twice with drugs at school. First time was meth and the second time was weed. I was suspended for five days. My mom visits twice a week. She lives in South-East Portland. I live with my brother […] March 19, 2014
  • They left me for drugs. “From age one to seven I lived on the reservation.  Age ten to fifteen lived in Tacoma.  Went to school until sixth grade. Started going back a little bit, but I got locked up at fifteen-and-a-half. Mostly for assaults and running away.  On probation till sixteen then locked up.  Charges – running away from foster […] February 5, 2014
  • …he chained me to the toilet… “I’ve been here 20 times. Committed some crimes. PV. Here since I was 12. I been here a couple of months. I’ve done some stupid shit…arson, reckless burning, burglary. I live with my Mom. My Dad lives all the way in Oregon. I go to school. This year I am going to start high school. […] January 22, 2014
  • 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