The website Konbini published "Juvenile in Justice: Richard Ross Shot The Grim Lives of Kid Convicts":
V., also aged 17 explained the terrible conditions he had encountered at the horrendous jail complex of Rikers Island, located in the Bronx:
Everything there was horrible. The food. The beds. The guards. It was all horrible. We had to do so many strip searches. They never call you by your name; they call you by your number. The stuff I saw at Rikers changed up my act. There are things you just can’t understand but if you’re on the street you understand them differently.