• We were always poor or hungry. “I’m Klamath and Crow. Mom’s a Crow, grandpa Crow. Grandma Klamath. Both my mom and dad’s parents are Klamath.  I grew up on the Chiloquin reservation, by Klamath Falls.  My tribe is confederated.  I lived with my mom until I was nine. Then I was taken away by DHS [Department of Human Services] and put in […] April 30, 2014
  • My family is my program. “My mom said I was her gift from heaven. I’ve lived in programs. I’ve been here before.  This time I’m here for a year and I’ll probably be here a couple more years.  I think I been here three or four times.  The first time at 15.  I come from McMinville, a small town south […] April 23, 2014
  • I didn’t know they were going to kill him. “Just been here two days.  Came from Donnelly in Portland.  Was a year and a half in detention.  It was so long, because I was awaiting trial in three cases.  Assault two, deadly and dangerous with a knife, robbery assault three, robbery two, robbery by force (measure 11) and third charge was murder, with a […] April 16, 2014
  • ..he knows I can do better. “I was just in ICU [isolation] for a day.  They don’t allow you to lie down in ICU during the day.  They do give us books.  I was reading Grisham’s A Time to Kill.  Alex, the guard, got mad at me, he knows I can do better, so when I mess up it really pisses him […] April 9, 2014
  • Now I am back to my culture. I got into a fight while under the influence of drugs and alcohol.. I saw a person from a different gang.  I just attacked her. “I’m from North Dakota. Grew up in Portland.  Dad is Klamath Modoc went to North Dakota to a reservation to visit.  Mom lives in Oregon.  Sister, mom, and dad live […] April 2, 2014
  • Normal is not normal to me. “My mom visits me once a month. This is my fifth time here. I’ve been in and out.  I’ve been off paper [not in the system] for two years.  I was twelve when this first started. I was charged with assault for defending myself against my stepmom.  I’m a drug addict with a run record.  […] March 26, 2014
  • They’re all tweakers. “First time, been here 3.5 months. I had drugs at school and was a runaway. I was caught twice with drugs at school. First time was meth and the second time was weed. I was suspended for five days. My mom visits twice a week. She lives in South-East Portland. I live with my brother […] March 19, 2014
  • DHS gave up on me after eight years. “I have one younger brother and one younger sister.  I was eight when I went into foster care. My mom started struggling with meth and a lot of mental illness.  She had abusive boyfriends. Drugs were involved. We kept trying to get away from one dude, and we ended up in a women’s shelter. He […] March 12, 2014
  • L.N, age 17, “I’m tough no matter what.” “I’m from Salem. They had me in a take down a week or two ago. I got in a fight with a girl so they split us up and I spit on one of them, Mike…Nobody visits me. I’ve been here 3 months. My mom’s in Salem. She does a lot of meth. My dad […] February 18, 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
  • Both sides of the bars: the inmate and the director 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 from both sides: K.Q, a young woman incarcerated at Oak […] February 6, 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