• “This is slavery.” I went to Juvie when I was 12-13 for 11 months. Since then, I’ve been incarcerated for 43 years. I was incarcerated on my 16th Birthday. I was given Life and 20. I was convicted of a Rape and Abduction when I was 15 years old. Since 1971 I have been on the street for […] January 25, 2017
  • “I’ve been here four months. I’ve been in this room four months.” I’m 17 years old. I’ve been here four months. I’ve been in this room four months. I’m wearing a smock to prevent me from hurting myself. I hurt myself. Why? I want to commit suicide. I don’t talk to a therapist. They aint doing no good. I spoke to her today for about 5 minutes. […] November 11, 2015
  • “There was a lot of violence.” I’ve been here six months. I’m from Washington Heights. I’ve been in ACS since I was 12—four years now. My home is my mom and three siblings: my eight year-old sister, my seven year-old sister, my eighteen year-old brother, and my one month-old baby. It’s four all together. My mom is a home health aid. […] June 24, 2015
  • “Who do I trust?” I’m from Puerto Rico, and also Bushwick. I was eight years old when I went into foster care. I’ve been in 12 different foster cares. Mom had a case of abuse. My dad was sexually abusive. I told my mom but she didn’t believe it. I told my grandmother and my counselor. They took me […] June 10, 2015
  • “My mother lost her rights.” I’m in 10th grade. I was three or four when I entered the foster care system. I’ve been to 13 different homes. I just didn’t fit in. The case worker didn’t feel I fit in and I would go to a respite foster home. I would still be going to the same school and they […] April 29, 2015
  • The [Justice] Short List 1-24-14 Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time. Juveniles Facing Lifelong Terms Despite Rulings Two steps forward, one step back really seems to be the rhythm of change for our present government. While in 2012, the Supreme Court Decision of Miller v. Alabama banned automatic […] January 24, 2014
  • The Short List 5-14-13 [Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, reports, videos and more that are worth your time.] via Gizmodo: ‘This Ad Has a Secret Anti-Abuse Message That Only Kids Can See’ In an effort to provide abused children with a safe way to reach out for help, a Spanish organization called the Aid to […] May 14, 2013
  • He wouldn’t think twice about hurting himself–or staff “I’m here because I hurt myself and they put me in confinement and observation.” -B.G. age 18, MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility, Woodburn, Oregon B.G.  is self-abusive. He is not taking his meds and he is combative. He wouldn’t think twice about hurting the staff. January 26, 2012
  • C.F, age 13, JCC St. Anthony, St. Anthony, ID When I was younger my step-dad would abuse me and throw me at my mom and my mom would choke me until I was about to pass out. They both did drugs. Sometimes my mom would be gone for days. I don’t know where I’m going to live after I get released, maybe with my […] November 1, 2011
  • R, age 16, Multnomah County Detention, Oregon I am a victim, according to my lawyers. I shouldn’t be here. They are not charging me with anything, but they’ve set bail at $250,000. I have been running away my whole life. My parents got divorced when I was four. My father started sexually abusing me when I was five and my stepmother physically […] October 17, 2011