Last month we caught up with R.F, who has spent four years and three months in detention awaiting trial (R.F Update: Four Years and Three Months Without Trial). In his conversation with Ross, R.F stated, “sometimes being locked up is like already being dead ’cause you don’t really have no control over your life. You look at it… you got people telling you what to do, when to do it, how to do it, when to go the bathroom, when to eat… that’s one of the things I thought about when I was being in my room.”
Today marks R.F’s 18th birthday and his transition from the juvenile to the adult wing of Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami, Florida. According to R.F he was moved last night at midnight. This weekend, Ross will be traveling to Miami to speak with R.F about the transition and about what it’s like being an 18-year-old amongst adult offenders.

10 thoughts on “R.F’s 18th birthday: from juvenile to adult

  1. there is so much wrong with this in my eyes. Firstly, the obvious disregard of the right to a speedy trial. Also, how can we lock someone up, a kid at that, who is yet to be found guilty of any crime! Especially because we are supposed to believe in “innocent until proven guilty.” And the fact that “being locked up is like already being dead,” is sad. how can we subject a child to living a half life. theres is almost no excuse for this in any case, and definitely not in R.F’s case

  2. Where is his sixth amendment right to a speedy trial, something guaranteed to us by the constitution?! It’s hard to believe that the government, a structure of our own device for our benefit can take away a quarter of a young man’s life. In the words of John Locke “When the state ceases to function for the people, it dissolve or is overthrown and may be replaced.” I doubt that I’m alone in thinking we need some reform here.

  3. It is very upsetting that Robert has lost the most vital part of his youth because of a disorganized and unfair court system. He has the right to a speedy trial yet four years later he has yet to see the court. Having no control of your life is a very interesting and depressing parallel to death. He relates the two as though freedom is an important part of what it means to live. He deserves a chance at the world, and hopefully he will eventually get one.

  4. Oh my goodness! I live in Canada and an accused child molester just had his case dismissed because it took the crown more that three years to get it to court!!! R.F., you deserve better! Much, much better!

  5. that’s fucked up I went to crestview with Ronald I didn’t really rock wit fool like that but nobody deserves this kind of judgment besides the real criminals are the ones in the suits and ties know what I mean
    keep ya head up bro

  6. I Feel Ronald Deserves A Second Chance , It’s Not Fair That He’s Been Waiting For A Trial . Ain’t Nobody Perfect

  7. I’m a brasilian mother. Please, excuse-me my english. But this situation with children in prision at a lot of years is very surprise for me, because in Brasil we know about the people of United States are good and just. And this situation is not ok. I’m very surprise and sad.

  8. I would ask you to look at what the situation is locally. How are children treated in your country, your community?

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