• Literacy and Resistance to the School-To-Prison Pipeline “Teaching writing to students of high need in an urban school is simultaneously pedagogical, curricular, and political. Students labeled “at-risk” for school failure often have lowered expectations placed upon them from without that impact how they feel within. Compounding this problem of perception is the real issue of heightened surveillance on these students, including the […] November 15, 2017
  • 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
  • The Morpheus Youth Project Morpheus Youth Project (MYP) in Portland, Oregon, strives to create a safe space both inside and outside of youth correctional facilities that supports growth and opportunity through the arts and humanities. We interviewed Founder and Director Carlos Chavez, a Chicano/Hip Hop activist, radio journalist, and local leader in cultural identity training and community building for […] June 17, 2013
  • 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