• [Mother Jones] These Photos Show What Life Is Like for Girls in Juvenile Detention Last week, Hannah Levintova wrote about Richard’s work and featured some images on Mother Jones: We confine and often demonize a group of kids who have been abused and violated by the very people who should be protecting and loving them,” writes Ross, who also won a 2012 National Magazine Award for a photo collection on juvenile […] May 5, 2015
  • Getting a gun?…I get them free “I was first shot when I was 15. Here in the arm and in the side. I was out there trying to get some money by doing robberies and burglaries. Been here once, twice, three times.  I live with my grandma, grandpa, mom, and little sisters. Mom is 34 years old. She had be when […] January 29, 2014
  • …he chained me to the toilet… “I’ve been here 20 times. Committed some crimes. PV. Here since I was 12. I been here a couple of months. I’ve done some stupid shit…arson, reckless burning, burglary. I live with my Mom. My Dad lives all the way in Oregon. I go to school. This year I am going to start high school. […] January 22, 2014
  • I never got caught before. “My fifth time here. After 30 days I am on Probation. It’s a cycle. I started coming here about 18 months ago when I was 16 Years old. I had a robbery charge, I got myself in a little trouble with the robbery charge. Mostly Probation Violation and Truancy violations. I am Southern Cree and […] January 15, 2014
  • My mom says I’m at risk. “I’m a BECCA [truancy law] kid. I was brought in for truancy.  I was truant for 3 weeks.  Went to court first. Ran away from home.  My Mom and Auntie live there with my little cousins.  I ran away with my friend.  My Mom didn’t like my friend. But he is older. He plays basketball […] January 8, 2014
  • None of us kids live together. “I got in a fight with my mom and my dad called the police. She hit me upside my head with a book. I hit her back. Those were the original charges. I’m only here until 4:30 today and my mom and dad will pick me up. My mom is bipolar. She got up in […] November 27, 2013
  • 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
  • I been in 20 different rooms here. “I first came here at 13. My first charge was having a knife and drugs. The drugs? Weed. I was here for a week—was the worst place I ever want to be…..locked up. I came back a couple of months later. More weed charges. They put me on adult probation at 13. This went on […] November 13, 2013
  • We got to 50, and then decided to go to 100. “It’s my first time here. I’m accused of sexually molesting my 5-year-old brother. My grandparent and parents visit on Tuesday and Thursday and Saturday. Mom is a nurse. Dad a car mechanic. He quit that and is now trying to be a salesman. It was kind of scary when I first got here. I was […] November 6, 2013
  • Why did they shoot me? “Someone was shooting at me ten days ago. They got me in the hand. Bullet went from my thumb out through my pinky. They had to take a piece of my hip to replace the bone in the hand. It’s my right hand. My first time I was here was when I was 14 for […] October 30, 2013
  • 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
  • You never have the lights out at night. I turn 18 in seven days. I was told I could stay here until I am 22 or 23. Pre-trial confirms me as MAP. I’ve been here a little over 2 months. It was a level one rape. There are ten levels. Ten is the smallest charges. I have been arrested twice before. 1st was […] October 16, 2013