• Transitions by Richard Ross What’s more important? Returning to the same institution after 40 years (gasp); or working full time to create a booklet that highlights effective alternatives to juvenile detention? I plan to place such a booklet in the courtroom of every juvenile and family court judge or public defender in the country. Every. Single. […] December 1, 2017
  • 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
  • Tribal Justice By Richard Ross I offer condolences this Thanksgiving—sending a note to the chief judge of the Yurok tribe.  The Yuroks are the largest tribe in California. 6500 people whose traditional lands are along the Klamath River. Many of the Yurok have no running water nor electricity. Roadside deer are not road kill, rather they are “harvest.” […] December 9, 2015
  • [Independent, KCRW] ISOLATED Simultaneously with the opening of Juvenile in Justice‘s exhibition titled ISOLATED, KCRW in Santa Barbara interviewed Richard on site in the gallery, and The Independent wrote a nice piece on the exhibition. Additionally, Santa Barbara City College’s student-run newspaper also ran a short article. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity show in our hometown and invoke change […] October 5, 2015
  • Children of the Abyss By Jason Sexton It was the end of an era. But one that must be told. I watched it growing up in Tracy, a California prison town. Older guys would leave for prison. Bay Area rappers spoke of being brought up middle-class yet catching cases, doing “lock-down” in Preston. Fast juvenile crime and doing time earned […] June 9, 2015
  • Finally By Richard Ross “I was in Isolation – the longest stretch was 80 days.”, said my friend Ronald Franklin, who was held for seven years and released about six weeks ago. His call came the same day as the passage of California SB 124, a bill that finally prevents kids in detention from being held in […] June 4, 2015
  • Call Me Mandi An edited version of this text is featured on The Marshall Project By Richard Ross Just north of the city of San Francisco, across the bay at the tip of the Marin County, stands San Quentin, California Men’s Prison. The crenelated castle-like towers remind you it was built when Abraham Lincoln was still President. It is […] February 5, 2015
  • I can’t parole until 72 years. “When I came in I was 15. I’ve been here for over a year. I’m XX3. They put me in XX3 once I was sentenced in 90-to-life. I can’t parole until 72 years. Technically, they can’t give you a life sentence, but they did. I wouldn’t call myself washed because I’m coming home. I think […] July 16, 2014
  • This place is full of fitness fighters. “I’m reading The Autobiography of Malcolm X. His life and the way he did things is really interesting to me. I arrived here when I was 16. I’m from Long Beach—Snoop’s world. This is my fourth time here. My father and my grandfather, my mother and my daughter all visit. I have a lot of […] July 9, 2014
  • Who am I? “I’ve been in and out of halls. I keep on finding myself in here. Now it’s been three or four times. I started hitting the pookie (meth pipe) when I was 13, in middle school. I started stealing from my parents and whatever just to get meth. I only attended NA on an outpatient basis. […] June 25, 2014
  • I only see my mom when I’m in court. “I’ve been here a year. I was 12 on my first visit. Nobody visits me. I only see my mom when I’m in court. I was adopted. My dad’s dead; he got hanged in jail when I was six or seven. My mom lives in Viejo. I started in foster care when I was two. […] June 18, 2014
  • The [Justice] Short List 6-13-14 Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time. The Tragic, Maddening Failure of America’s Juvenile Justice System While it has taken a while, it is refreshing to see journalists move from quietly whispering of the injustices against juveniles in detention to shouting about them boldly […] June 13, 2014