• Changing confinement culture in Olathe, Kansas Olathe, Kansas is a suburb of Kansas City, but with its own unique issues. The Juvenile Detention center is divided into two parts, the older institution and a newer, LEED platinum certified facility across the street. I visited Olathe last month and photographed at both facilities. The older facility is divided into pods, two levels, […] July 1, 2013
  • Dealing with Youth Agression Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility is an all-female facility in Albany, Oregon. The only one in the state. Last month I spent 12+ hours talking, photographing, and recording the people who live and work at Oak Creek. What follows is an excerpt of a conversation with Mike Riggan, the superintendent of Oak Creek, on maintaining […] February 4, 2013
  • Getting out on Sunday I’m in for a parole violation, I’ve been at Ventura for three months. And I am getting out on Sunday. Can’t believe it. – V, age 18, Ventura County Juvenile Justice Facility. A group cell in the boys detention pod. July 19, 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
  • “I was the valedictorian of my class.” I graduated from high school in Louisiana, I was the valedictorian of my class. Then my mom and I were in a shelter, so I ran away. That was nine months ago. My mom was on drugs and drinking heavily. I was hospitalized with a concussion, and got charged with assault on a family member. […] June 28, 2012