• 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
  • I fought her in 2011 and I’m still on probation. “They say I’m in sanction house. I don’t even know—I think it’s just a jail. Last night I was in my own bed. This is my first time here. I violated my probation by staying out.  I was supposed to be home at 8 on Thursday night. But I stayed out and was at a […] November 20, 2013
  • 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
  • [audio interview] Both sides of the bars: K.X, age 19, and the superintendent Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility is an all-female facility in Albany, Oregon. The only one in the state. Last month Richard Ross spent 12+ hours talking, photographing, and recording the people who live and work at Oak Creek. The following post focuses on two perspectives: K.X, a young woman in insolation at Oak Creek and […] February 11, 2013
  • “My mom and I have forgiven each other” (audio interview) Continuing our series on Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility…   Listen to the audio interview below, or at SoundCloud HERE. January 23, 2013
  • “This is my fourth time here.”   €œThis is my fourth time here. This time I’ve been here about a month. I’€™m almost 18. Before this I was in DHS (Department of Human Services, sometimes CPS) custody. I was at Kristy Care, but I had assaults against staff. They all occurred during a take down when I was 14.   I’€™m […] December 12, 2012
  • More Than Textbooks If you can’t read and you haven’t been exposed, you can’t dream. These kids don’t dream, they have nightmares. Everything they know is negative.” – Judge Jimmie Edwards, Founder of the Bluett School The Bluett School in St. Louis, MO is an innovative concepts academy–a school of last resort. Kids who have been thrown out […] September 10, 2012
  • Age 19, 3 years served, five remaining. Ventura Youth Correctional Facility, Camarillo, California July 31, 2012
  • Four years served, four remaining This young female inmate at Ventura Youth Correctional Facility had served four years at the time of visit and had four years remaining. She is holding a model of a cell that she constructed. July 26, 2012
  • I am a different person at 20 than the drugged child I was at 13. When I was 13, my boyfriend and I, we were really, really high burglarizing a house in the desert. The burglary was interrupted… the people came home and my boyfriend brutally murdered them both. I am 20 years old. I came to this room when I was 14 and I have been sharing 7 x […] July 24, 2012
  • Summer plans: a lot of reading… I’ve been to this facility 13 times… this time I’ve been here for five days. For disturbing the peace, and providing false information to an officer. Yeah… I read a lot in here. Right now I’m reading a book by Jodi Picoult, and Harry Potter, and the last book in the Twilight series. – L, […] July 12, 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