• “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
  • “Then he raped me. My mom didn’t believe me. “ I’m dual. No one visits. I was in placement. Then I was in a facility up north for two weeks. I’ve been here five days. There is A/C in the day room but not in the cells. I live far from here with my grandfather, mom, tío, and younger sister. Me and my mom got […] April 13, 2016
  • “I ran away because my boyfriend pressured me.” I’m in 12th grade. I’ve lived in here for 8 years, but I’m originally from the Bronx. My mom and dad still live together. I ran away because my boyfriend pressured me. I’m waiting for a slot to open up at another facility, I’ve been waiting for three months. I want to go to city college. I stay in the girls’ wing, […] March 30, 2016
  • “I’m the only girl here.” I’ve been here for 22 days. I’ve been in and out a bunch of times. At home I have a mom and dad and four younger brothers and sisters and an older brother and sister. I had an older sister who committed suicide a few years ago. I’m in the 9th grade. I would like to go to college. I received my first […] March 23, 2016
  • Let facilities take root in our neighborhoods A version of this article was originally published by the NY Daily News.  ………………………. At age 15, I was arrested for stealing a car and was sentenced to juvenile prison until my 21st birthday. In mid-90s Illinois, the sole female juvenile prison was located in a Chicago suburb, five hours north of my rural town. […] February 16, 2016
  • [NOLA Lens] With youths still in danger in OPP, group pushes again for separate facility Read the report here. Since December, public officials have been trying to figure out whether all juveniles can be moved from Orleans Parish Prison, and how much it would cost. Earlier this year, a working group assembled by Mayor Mitch Landrieu met at City Hall to discuss conditions teens face in Orleans Parish Prison. Members […] October 26, 2015
  • Alabama: A Different Approach By Richard Ross Cathy Woods is the assistant director of one of the more progressive juvenile detention centers in the United States: Tuscaloosa County Juvenile Detention Center in Alabama. Tuscaloosa isn’t just the home of the Crimson Tide or where George Wallace stood on the schoolhouse steps trying to thwart desegregation; it’s the location of a […] September 8, 2015
  • ” . . . because of my age, I’m here.” I’m in seventh grade but I don’t do good. There are too many kids and I can’t pay attention. This is my first time here and my last time. I’ve been here 4 months. Why so long? **shrug** I don’t understand the whole thing, like the court process. I’ve never been in this situation. It […] September 24, 2014
  • [Family-in-Justice] “He no longer has a voice in there.” When we receive emails from parents of kids in the system, the most common element of their messages is disbelief. They’ve been to court hearings, navigated mandatory minimums and plea deals, demanded answers to what is happening to their child behind the barbed wire. With no answers in sight, they seek help and find they […] August 25, 2014
  • [GUEST POST] Into the Deep and Back: Never Losing Hope in Our Youth, Pt. 2 Once again we are hearing from Hernan Carvente, who is sharing Part 2 of his remarkable story of resilience with us. If you missed Part 1, get caught up here. ……………………………………………… …Within a day of having been arrested I was being processed through the adult criminal court with the possibility of being sentenced to 10 years […] July 28, 2014
  • The [Justice] Short List 2-14-14 Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time. Facing Jail Time, Until a Lawyer With Survival Skills Helped Her Find Her Way While the stories are few and far between, we have heard them before: a teen with no record of violence slips up, a […] February 14, 2014
  • Going Inside Wyandotte County Juvenile Detention Center This is your journey into Wyandotte County Juvenile Detention Center [as a juvenile offender]. You may be here because you’ve been convicted of a crime, or maybe you’ve been sent here for “sanction house.” In this case you haven’t been convicted of a crime, but you were truant, violating probation, or misbehaving in some way. […] October 23, 2013