• Let facilities take root in our neighborhoods A version of this article was originally published by the NY Daily News.  ………………………. At age 15, I was arrested for stealing a car and was sentenced to juvenile prison until my 21st birthday. In mid-90s Illinois, the sole female juvenile prison was located in a Chicago suburb, five hours north of my rural town. […] February 16, 2016
  • “A fire happened in my house. They blamed it on me. “ A fire happened in my house. They blamed it on me. My mother’s 40 now. I’m an only child. I had a brother but he died when he was young. I never met him. I was taken into custody at Rikers on seven different charges. There was some kind of socket in my house that […] October 28, 2015
  • [KCRW] World Isn’t Worth Saving if the Price Is a Tear of an Innocent Child Last night on KCRW’s Art Talk Edward Goldman briefed listeners on Ross and his work to document the state of the juvenile justice system. Here is an excerpt from the show: Ross was able to gain access to various American juvenile detention facilities, where kids as young as 10 are being incarcerated for an unreasonably long […] July 8, 2015
  • “I hope I can go home. . .” I was in GH. They thought I was 14. I was in a month. I was released and then violated. The teacher told me that if I ever came back to school they would get the students to beat me up. Teacher said I was cursing and intimidating in school. I have to be in […] February 25, 2015
  • [Take Action! : North Carolina] Sign the Petition to Get Children Out of the Adult System [vc_column_text pb_margin_bottom=”no” pb_border_bottom=”no” width=”1/2″ el_position=”first”] “When children end up in the adult criminal justice system, no one wins.”  NC Child of North Carolina has a point. Processing juveniles in the adult justice system leads to horrific treatment of said juveniles, and also avoids necessary rehabilitation that could successfully direct these children onto the right path. And the act […] November 20, 2014
  • The [Justice] Short List 7-18-14 Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time. OP-ED: Cops and Community, How to Repair a Broken Relationship When youth and cops interact, all too often they seem like a different species to the other, so completely foreign to their ways of thinking, dress, and […] July 18, 2014
  • [Featured Organization] An Interview with David Inocencio of the Beat Within David Inocencio is the coolest. He’s one of those guys who starts talking about his passion — bringing a voice to the voiceless incarcerated masses — and you think to yourself, “Why can’t everyone be such a badass crusader for human rights and the arts?” But that’s just what David does. As founder of The Beat […] August 13, 2013
  • The [Justice] Short List 7-18-13 Highlights from juvenile justice and justice related articles, reports, videos and more that are worth your time From the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth: A child sentenced to die in prison never has an opportunity to be considered for parole. Beautiful / Powerful Important op-ed on the NY Times from a man who […] July 18, 2013
  • Zimmerman Verdict a Catalyst or Catastrophe? By Alicia Newton From the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange I was returning home when the breaking news alert flashed over my phone. Zimmerman found Not Guilty. I stared in disbelief at the news flash. A sickening feeling set in. I just did not want to believe this was happening. My heart cried out for Trayvon’s […] July 15, 2013
  • A Mother’s Plea: Stop Solitary Confinement of Children Via ACLU: In 2005, Vicky Gunderson’s 17-year-old son, Kirk (pictured above), committed suicide while in solitary confinement in a Wisconsin jail. Here’s her story: “As a mother, not being able to hug and comfort my son when he was alone in a concrete box was like the worst form of hell. Knowing our son Kirk […] June 18, 2013
  • The Morpheus Youth Project Morpheus Youth Project (MYP) in Portland, Oregon, strives to create a safe space both inside and outside of youth correctional facilities that supports growth and opportunity through the arts and humanities. We interviewed Founder and Director Carlos Chavez, a Chicano/Hip Hop activist, radio journalist, and local leader in cultural identity training and community building for […] June 17, 2013
  • Solitary Confinement: A Mother’s Perspective  [Guest post by Grace Bauer, Co-Director of Justice 4 Families] In what feels like another lifetime… It was summer and we decided to take the kids and my mom fishing.  My son wanted to bring his new bike with the training wheels.  As soon as his dad took it out of the truck, he was off.  Happy […] June 5, 2013