• I was taught the game. “I been her three months now. This is my second time. My moms an X-ray technician, she visits. My dad’s not in the picture. My girlfriend braided my hair. I’m from BPS. Black Peace Stone. Where’s that? It’s the Jungles. What’s that? The apartments. Where are the apartments? Western LA over near La Salle. I […] October 7, 2016
  • I can’t parole until 72 years. “When I came in I was 15. I’ve been here for over a year. I’m XX3. They put me in XX3 once I was sentenced in 90-to-life. I can’t parole until 72 years. Technically, they can’t give you a life sentence, but they did. I wouldn’t call myself washed because I’m coming home. I think […] July 16, 2014
  • This place is full of fitness fighters. “I’m reading The Autobiography of Malcolm X. His life and the way he did things is really interesting to me. I arrived here when I was 16. I’m from Long Beach—Snoop’s world. This is my fourth time here. My father and my grandfather, my mother and my daughter all visit. I have a lot of […] July 9, 2014
  • Who am I? “I’ve been in and out of halls. I keep on finding myself in here. Now it’s been three or four times. I started hitting the pookie (meth pipe) when I was 13, in middle school. I started stealing from my parents and whatever just to get meth. I only attended NA on an outpatient basis. […] June 25, 2014
  • I only see my mom when I’m in court. “I’ve been here a year. I was 12 on my first visit. Nobody visits me. I only see my mom when I’m in court. I was adopted. My dad’s dead; he got hanged in jail when I was six or seven. My mom lives in Viejo. I started in foster care when I was two. […] June 18, 2014
  • I was on probation, but I got rehooked. “I’ve been here five months. First time I was here I was 15. First time I was picked up I was 14. I was placed in Phoenix, which is rehab over at Lakeview Terrace. I was there for 10 months. It’s boys and girls. I passed my GED, and then I stayed clean for about […] June 11, 2014
  • That’s all that I knew, meth. I live in Carpinteria. I’ve been here 2 weeks today. This is my third time here. This time for going on the run. There was a warrant issued for me. I had a probation violation. I ran because I didn’t want to test dirty. I never had any drug counseling for drugs but I’m a […] June 10, 2013
  • [Family-in-Justice] A Mother Speaks Last week, we brought you inside Santa Maria Juvenile Hall to meet S.D, a 17-year-old awaiting sentencing for a violent crime committed with a group of older boys when he was 14. S.D was facing 60 years to life, now he has taken a deal of “juvie life” which means he will stay in the […] April 29, 2013
  • [Inside Santa Maria Juvie] Gang Injunction in 6th Grade [This is the fourth in a series of posts on Santa Maria Juvenile Hall in Santa Maria, California.] They told I am gang affiliated. I’m in 12th grade, a senior. I graduate in 2 weeks. But I still have the rest of my time, I should be out in May. I was sentenced to two […] April 22, 2013
  • [Inside Santa Maria Juvie] Cell Mates. [This is the third in a series of posts on Santa Maria Juvenile Hall in Santa Maria, California.] [superquote]I’ve been here more than 20 times all together. They say to me when I go each time, “We’ll leave the light on for you.”[/superquote] M.Q., age 15: I’m from Santa Maria. I live with my Mom. […] April 15, 2013
  • [Inside Santa Maria Juvie] Looking at Fifty Years to Life [This is the second in a series of posts on Santa Maria Juvenile Hall in Santa Maria, California.] S.D was the youngest of a group of boys who committed a violent crime together. He was 14 years old. Now, several of the others, his co-defendants, have been tried and sentenced. One was sentenced to juvenile […] April 10, 2013
  • Going inside Santa Maria Juvenile Hall [This is the first in a series of upcoming posts on Santa Maria Juvenile Hall] in Santa Maria, California.     Over the past year I have made two visits to Santa Maria Juvenile Hall, also known as Susan J. Gionfriddo Juvenile Hall in Santa Maria, California. Gaining access to Santa Maria Juvenile Hall has been […] April 1, 2013