• “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
  • “I have two kids and no home”

    I got kicked out of home with my grandmother, who threw me out because I have two kids with a Black man. They are 4 months and 16 months. My brother is a meth addict and I have no idea who my father is. I have 10 siblings. – K.T., 17

    May 23, 2018
  • Today is the one-year anniversary

    “Today is the one-year anniversary of me being here, in this cell. I like to read. I learned how to read in here. My favorite books are Dr. Seuss. My dad had diabetes and he lost his leg. Then something came loose and he died. My sister has diabetes too and my older brother is […]

    May 16, 2018
  • I was taught the game.

    “I been her three months now. This is my second time. My moms an X-ray technician, she visits. My dad’s not in the picture. My girlfriend braided my hair. I’m from BPS. Black Peace Stone. Where’s that? It’s the Jungles. What’s that? The apartments. Where are the apartments? Western LA over near La Salle. I […]

    October 7, 2016
  • “Now the center is my home.”

    I’ve been here for 3 months and I’ll be here for another 3 months. They say I have some anger problems like yelling and destroying stuff. I grew up close to the Canadian border. I flunked out of the state hospital and all the other facilities in the area. I was 13 when my parents lost parental rights, so now the center […]

    September 29, 2016