• “My mom and dad used to fight…” I’m 14. I’ve been here 7 months. I was 12 when I first came in here. I came in for fighting my brother. My mom, dad, Little brother, and sister visit. I’m in for 15-21 (months). My dad is African American, my mom is white. My oldest brother is home now. He was in DOC. […] November 4, 2015
  • The [Justice] Short List 12-13-13 Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time. Because I’m 16… New York is one of only two states in the union that continues to prosecute 16 and 17 year olds as adults.  This video, created by Judge Michael A. Corriero and students at the […] December 13, 2013
  • I fought her in 2011 and I’m still on probation. “They say I’m in sanction house. I don’t even know—I think it’s just a jail. Last night I was in my own bed. This is my first time here. I violated my probation by staying out.  I was supposed to be home at 8 on Thursday night. But I stayed out and was at a […] November 20, 2013
  • Dreaming of the Mountain Top “We have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it.” 45 years ago yesterday Martin Luther King Jr. delivered “I’ve been to the mountaintop,” his final speech, to a crowd at the Mason Temple in Memphis Tennessee. Todd Chretien writes on the socialistworker.org, “Each time I listen to it, I stop, I’m captivated, […] April 4, 2013
  • Studying What’s Useful K., age 17, reads the Criminal Code of Oregon at Multnomah County Juvenile Detention Facility in Multnomah County Oregon. September 26, 2012
  • More Than Textbooks If you can’t read and you haven’t been exposed, you can’t dream. These kids don’t dream, they have nightmares. Everything they know is negative.” – Judge Jimmie Edwards, Founder of the Bluett School The Bluett School in St. Louis, MO is an innovative concepts academy–a school of last resort. Kids who have been thrown out […] September 10, 2012
  • All Eyes On Him I have to be alone in unit 11 because I’m 19 now. The only one in this whole wing. I’m waiting to get sentenced for armed robbery, but I’ll be in Santa Rita soon. My teacher Coach Brown comes for 6 and a half hours a day. I would rather not live here, I’d rather […] September 5, 2012
  • Biking in Place Racine County Juvenile Detention Center, Racine, Wisconsin Racine County Juvenile Detention Center normally holds about 60 juveniles. Kids go to school for five hours a day, mostly with special education teachers, and exercise for one hour. The facility implements ACE (Alternatives to Confinement through Education). Juveniles are called “kids” in this facility, and address staff […] August 22, 2012
  • Dancing in Detention In the Girls’ Wing of Central Juvenile Hall in Los Angeles, CA, recreation time in the cafeteria leads some girls to dance to the rhythm created by other girls drumming on the lunch tables. There are 113 girls in the facility, many of them being gang members. Girls at the Bluett School in St. Louis, […] August 15, 2012
  • M.B, age 17, gets all As I’ve been here 4 months. I’ve been to the juvenile detention center five times. The first time was theft, the second, shoplifting, the third, possession of controlled substances, the fourth, violation of parole, and the fifth, violation of parole and felony possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. I’m in the 12th grade and get […] July 3, 2012
  • E.Y, age 11, Juvenile Detention Center Houston I’ve been here for two weeks, and this is my third time in. I’m in the sixth grade. I was in placement but I ran away. They accused me of assault against my mom, but she scratched herself and said I did it. My dad lives in Atlanta and works in a barber shop. -E.Y, […] June 26, 2012
  • T.F, age 17, Juvenile Detention Center, Houston, Texas I’m here just shy of one year. I hope they send me home or put me on probation. I’m in the 11th grade. This has been my first time here, I’m here for aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, but I didn’t do it. I came in at the end of something happening, and my […] June 21, 2012