• “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
  • “. . . he crossed the anger line.” Sometimes you get angry at people and the anger takes control. I was born in Mexico. I live in Panorama now. Been here six days. The court decides where I go from here. Sometimes you get angry at people and the anger takes control. Me and this kid had a discussion, but then he crossed […] November 26, 2014
  • The [Justice] Short List 11-21-14 Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time. Second Chances for Teen Offenders The juvenile justice system was founded solely on the principal that children are not only more vulnerable than adults, but can and should be rehabilitated so they can grow into productive citizens. […] November 21, 2014
  • “Ain’t no way I’m coming back here.” They’ll keep me detained until the next court date, but I’m gonna be the child they want me to be. I’m from the high desert, Antelope Valley. I’m in the sixth grade. I’ve been here four days. This is my second time here. I was being stupid. I live with my grandma and my grandpa […] November 19, 2014
  • The [Justice] Short List 5-23-14 Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time. What Is This Child Doing in Prison? The story of Jane Doe has been making national headlines, as it should. A transgender youth being held in solitary confinement in adult prison, she has been abandoned, abused, raped […] May 23, 2014
  • The [Justice] Short List 4-25-14 Back after a brief hiatus with highlights from recent juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time. Echoes of the Superpredator As we now struggle to convince the masses that sentencing children as adults—even for ‘adult crimes’—is not a logical expense of young lives or taxpayer dollars, it is […] April 25, 2014
  • ..he knows I can do better. “I was just in ICU [isolation] for a day.  They don’t allow you to lie down in ICU during the day.  They do give us books.  I was reading Grisham’s A Time to Kill.  Alex, the guard, got mad at me, he knows I can do better, so when I mess up it really pisses him […] April 9, 2014
  • The [Justice] Short List 1-10-14 We’re back after a short hiatus with highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time. Obama Administration Recommends Ending Zero Tolerance Policies in Schools An intervention is brewing for the school-to-prison pipeline, and it is coming from the White House. Even more encouraging, the Justice […] January 10, 2014
  • There are no charges against me… “I think they cursed me when they named me…They should have named me Devil. Nobody comes to visit me here. Nobody. I have been here for eight months. My mom is being charged with aggravated prostitution. She wanted me to have sex for money and give her the money…the money was for drugs and men. […] September 11, 2013
  • Zimmerman Verdict a Catalyst or Catastrophe? By Alicia Newton From the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange I was returning home when the breaking news alert flashed over my phone. Zimmerman found Not Guilty. I stared in disbelief at the news flash. A sickening feeling set in. I just did not want to believe this was happening. My heart cried out for Trayvon’s […] July 15, 2013
  • 24 Hours in Isolation [video + reflection] At the end of May, Richard Ross, Juvenile In Justice Executive Director, spent 24 hours in solitary confinement in a juvenile detention facility in the midwest. Below a video and a reflection text document his experience. 24 Hours in Juvenile Isolation from Juvenile In Justice on Vimeo. Across the U.S, children spend days and months […] June 4, 2013
  • Richard Ross to document 24 hours in an isolation cell Every day in the U.S children under the age of 18 are held in solitary confinement. This is not an irregular occurrence  but a relatively common practice used to isolate, separate from the general population, observe, and punish. Sometimes they get a mattress, but are prohibited from laying on it during the day. Frequently the cells […] May 6, 2013