• “There isn’t a sober person in the family.” We have the same mother. Haven’t seen dad since I was three, when he died drinking. I’m in here for drugs, pills, weed, and some harder stuff. I’ve been at this facility for 11 months. I went through the Drugs and Alcohol Program, but I got drunk the same day I finished. —T.P., age 17 I’m in the 9th grade, I flunked out of my first […] September 19, 2016
  • “A fire happened in my house. They blamed it on me. “ A fire happened in my house. They blamed it on me. My mother’s 40 now. I’m an only child. I had a brother but he died when he was young. I never met him. I was taken into custody at Rikers on seven different charges. There was some kind of socket in my house that […] October 28, 2015
  • “…if I ever get on track.” I was here six times. The first time I was 13. I live with my mom, step dad, sister and two brothers. My mom visits me once or twice a week. I had a lot of VP (Violation of Probations). I broke an iPhone so they called it criminal damage. My Mom called the police. […] August 26, 2015
  • “But the police didn’t believe me.” I just wanted a quiet place to sleep so I went into the closet. This is the second time I’ve been here. I’m here for 10 days. First time I was here was for 8 days. I had a domestic violence with my auntie. Another time it was DV and shoplifting, but my sister grabbed […] March 25, 2015
  • We were always poor or hungry. “I’m Klamath and Crow. Mom’s a Crow, grandpa Crow. Grandma Klamath. Both my mom and dad’s parents are Klamath.  I grew up on the Chiloquin reservation, by Klamath Falls.  My tribe is confederated.  I lived with my mom until I was nine. Then I was taken away by DHS [Department of Human Services] and put in […] April 30, 2014
  • Now I am back to my culture. I got into a fight while under the influence of drugs and alcohol.. I saw a person from a different gang.  I just attacked her. “I’m from North Dakota. Grew up in Portland.  Dad is Klamath Modoc went to North Dakota to a reservation to visit.  Mom lives in Oregon.  Sister, mom, and dad live […] April 2, 2014
  • Normal is not normal to me. “My mom visits me once a month. This is my fifth time here. I’ve been in and out.  I’ve been off paper [not in the system] for two years.  I was twelve when this first started. I was charged with assault for defending myself against my stepmom.  I’m a drug addict with a run record.  […] March 26, 2014
  • Young Ladies Probably three-quarters of the girls have been sexually abused, usually in the form of date rape. It’s always a case when too many drugs and alcohol are involved. Mistakes, you know. December 14, 2011
  • A.B, age 14, Juvenile Detention Center, Tulsa, OK I’ve been here been here 3 days. I was charged with running away from a group home. And also larceny and seven more run away charges. I took my Mom’s car and then tried to evade police. So I got an assault. My dad lives with my step-mom–both are heavy drinkers. October 28, 2011