• Finally By Richard Ross “I was in Isolation – the longest stretch was 80 days.”, said my friend Ronald Franklin, who was held for seven years and released about six weeks ago. His call came the same day as the passage of California SB 124, a bill that finally prevents kids in detention from being held in […] June 4, 2015
  • “When you lead this life . . .” I’ve been here five months. I live in North Hollywood. This is my seventh time here. I was born in Koreatown. I was living with my dad and four brothers. My mom is not in the picture. My dad was in jail until I was 12. My grandma raised me from two to 12. There […] December 24, 2014
  • 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
  • [Guest Post] End Solitary Confinement of Youth in Adult Jails and Prisons Governors have an historic opportunity through the Prison Rape Elimination Act to do just that: From Campaign For Youth Justice’s Liz Ryan: This year, governors will need to certify that their states are in compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), a law that Congress unanimously approved in 2003, designed to end sexual violence […] June 11, 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
  • “Who am I? Not really anything beyond the gang” I’ve been here five and a half months. This is my seventh time. First time, I was 15. I am from Santa Barbara. I go to alternative high school. I have about 170 units so I’m about to graduate. I have been to Santa Barbara Junior High School, La Cuesta, Community Day School… I stopped […] June 3, 2013
  • [audio interview] Both sides of the bars: K.X, age 19, and the superintendent Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility is an all-female facility in Albany, Oregon. The only one in the state. Last month Richard Ross spent 12+ hours talking, photographing, and recording the people who live and work at Oak Creek. The following post focuses on two perspectives: K.X, a young woman in insolation at Oak Creek and […] February 11, 2013
  • A.W, age 16, Youth Training Center, Elko, NV I’m from southern California originally. I was living in Las Vegas, partying a lot,  doing lots of drugs and trying to be a DJ. My Mom is emotionally distant and my step dad is very aggressive. One’s Catholic and the other is a Jehovah’s Witnesses. They really don’t like that I am gay. October 31, 2011
  • A.S, age 17, Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility, Kailua, HI I am a transgender female. They have me living in an isolation area for the past 7 months I think to protect me against suicide, but also keep me sort of away from the other girls. I have 2 months to go before I turn 18 and can go home. October 25, 2011
  • Two ways to deal with drama Two solutions for dealing with teenage drama: the first image is the new Kapolei Court Complex & Secure Detention in Kapolei, Hawaii where a juvenile acting out can be placed in an isolation “crisis” room. October 24, 2011
  • Isolation In juvenile treatment facilities, the stay-time in isolation and observation rooms can vary from short-term (like time-out sites) to longer term. October 20, 2011