• Why I love Hallways

    “I rob banks because that’s where the money is.” – Willie Sutton I make images of a certain scale and accessibility because I want them to be shown in the hallways and institutions where the policy makers are. An extensive exhibition of the work is currently up at American University. All are 24”x37” images mounted […]

    February 12, 2019
  • The Prison/Museum Dilemma

    I am slightly diverting from posting about juveniles in the justice system to ask a parallel question. Where do we learn to treat people who are different from us, as something other or something less? There is something about the world I am working with now that resonates with the world that I inhabited in […]

    January 24, 2019
  • “He left”

    I’ve been here for over a month. I was on community placement, but paroled out, and ran away. Once I’m done here, I owe County Jail 108 days for running away. I decided to get pregnant with my boyfriend of 7 years, but he left. My mom is disappointed with me, but my parents will […]

    September 12, 2018
  • “Emotionally, physically, sexually”

    I have been here for eight months. Nobody comes to visit me here. Nobody. Mom wanted me to have sex for money and give her the money. Her husband abused me emotionally, physically, sexually. My mom says I’m horrible to her. I love her more than anybody in the world. – B.B., 17

    August 28, 2018
  • “I blew it”

    N.A. (L), 14: “I’ve been on probation since I was 12. I’ve been arrested so many times I can’t remember all of them anymore.” K.T. (R), 16: “I’ve been arrested 65 times. I’ve been on probation since I was 13. I had three chances and they told me…one more time and I was in — […]

    August 14, 2018
  • “My dad is in jail for murder and armed robbery. I got two older brothers. I’m from a bad neighborhood. I’m in a gang and I’ve been in the system since he was twelve, but this time I’ll stay out of the gang life” – P.H., 15

    July 31, 2018
  • “I am a substance abuser”

    I’ve been here for the past 8 months. I am a substance abuser — weed, meth, and alcohol. Started at 12 years old. My parents are both drug abusers. I ran away when I was 13. My dad has visited once — other than that, there has been no contact. – J., 15

    July 17, 2018
  • “Everybody is not perfect”

    P is in for having two firearms. His 22-year-old sister got him into being a Muslim. He says, “I try to follow my religion but there are some thing I can’t do. Everybody is not perfect.” – P., 18

    July 3, 2018
  • “I’ll be a new person”

    When he was younger, his stepdad would abuse him and throw him at the mother, and the mother would choke him until he was about to pass out. C’s mother is a regular substance abuser and disappears for days at a time and both of his parents do drugs — it is not a good situation […]

    June 26, 2018
  • “No phone calls, no letters”

    “I’ve been in and out of the system since I was 12. I was raised by my grandparents, but all three died of strokes in the last three years. Nobody visits me here, no phone calls, no letters” – D.R., 16 

    June 12, 2018
  • “I experienced things that no kid should ever have to go through”

    I immigrated when I was 6 years old with my mom, for you know, the same reason every immigrant comes to this country. We see this country as the land of opportunity. We see hope, where we see jobs, we see success, you know the American dream. That’s what we came for. But the reality […]

    June 5, 2018
  • “I didn’t shoot anybody”

    “They say I shot somebody, but I didn’t shoot anybody. I was there, but I didn’t shoot anyone. I was reaching for the guys chain and they said my hand was a gun on the camera.” – F.N., 15 He is awaiting trial on charges for attempted murder, armed robbery, and conspiracy for armed robbery. […]

    May 29, 2018