• “I don’t know my mother. My dad lives in Mexico.” I’ve been here five days. This is my first time here. I’m 13. I was in LP for one night when I was 12. I’m being charged with B&E (breaking & entering) at my school. I’ve been here now because I was charged with assault with a deadly weapon at school, but I didn’t have a […] May 11, 2016
  • “She told me today that she’s pregnant.” I live near the city college I live with my mom, two sisters, a newborn, and my stepdad. I have an older brother, but he’s out of the house. My stepdad’s a chef. And my mom works at a bakery. I was taken away by social workers. My mom told them that I hit her, but […] May 4, 2016
  • “I’ll be here ‘till I’m ready to leave.” I’m 17. I been here about six months. I was 12 when I first went to juvie. I’m back for a violation this is my second commitment. The first charge was a possession of a fire firearm and a controlled substance–weed, pills. Here in Oak Ridge, if you need more help for your work they […] July 9, 2015
  • “They tried to get me involved . . .” I’m from Palmdale. This is my first time here. I’ve been here three months. I’m from Helena, Montana. I live there with my mom, stepdad, two sisters and a brother. I was visiting my grandpa and grandma in Palmdale. I go there once a year during the summer as it gives me a break from […] September 3, 2014
  • I have a pending prison riot charge. “I have an assault one and a custodial assault and I have a pending prison riot charge.  I been here a little over a year.  My dad and his family visit.  I just recently got in touch with my dad.  My dad’s from Tigard. My mom’s from Kettle Falls, Washington. Dad was a heroin addict; […] February 12, 2014
  • They didn’t believe me… I’ve been here 2 months. I turn 18 in a month.  I’m not sure what happens…a lot depends on what happens Monday.  I may be sent to live with my older cousin, or sent to YCAT (Youth Center at Topeka), State pen, or be put into JJA (Juvenile Justice Authority) custody.  I have a cousin […] July 31, 2013