• “I’m not allowed out.” I’m in a segregation cell. I’ve been here for one and a half months, out of a 6-month sentence. I came to visit my grandma here in town in the summer but I got in trouble. My parents live in different states. I’ve been in detention in other states three times now. I’m here for credit card theft, but I’m in segregation because they […] August 11, 2016
  • “My mom is deceased. Drug overdose.” My mom is deceased. Drug overdose. I stayed with my auntie until I was 11.  She was abusive, verbally and physically. I went to maybe 15-20 foster homes. They were all ladies, no man in the home. My baby is one. His daddy’s family took him to see his daddy. He wouldn’t give my baby […] June 22, 2016
  • “I lost my freedom in detention!” This week, Juvenile In Justice concludes the features on two adults who spent much of their childhood lives in detention. Jose Vidrio shares his experience of being in and out of the juvenile justice system and the conditions of confinement, and touches on his achievements as an adult now.  ……………………….  by Jose Vidrio I was physically abused by my […] January 8, 2016
  • “I’ve been here four months. I’ve been in this room four months.” I’m 17 years old. I’ve been here four months. I’ve been in this room four months. I’m wearing a smock to prevent me from hurting myself. I hurt myself. Why? I want to commit suicide. I don’t talk to a therapist. They aint doing no good. I spoke to her today for about 5 minutes. […] November 11, 2015
  • “It’s easy to get in the system, but hard to get out of it.” I go to education alternatives. I’m in 10th grade, I have been here a month now. The people I see are my mother, grandmother and probation officer. Since treatment, I have been in a Christian home and residential treatment center and shelter care for about a year. I was in YSCP—Youth Family Community Partnership—with my […] September 9, 2015
  • Alabama: A Different Approach By Richard Ross Cathy Woods is the assistant director of one of the more progressive juvenile detention centers in the United States: Tuscaloosa County Juvenile Detention Center in Alabama. Tuscaloosa isn’t just the home of the Crimson Tide or where George Wallace stood on the schoolhouse steps trying to thwart desegregation; it’s the location of a […] September 8, 2015
  • “No one could see that I was suffocating.” I’ve been coming here since I was 11. I am in for a DV with my mom. I thought when I first came here that jails were like I saw on TV. But this place they are not here to hurt us but to help us. It’s really cool. I first came here when I […] March 11, 2015
  • [GUEST POST] Into the Deep and Back: Never Losing Hope in Our Youth, Pt. 2 Once again we are hearing from Hernan Carvente, who is sharing Part 2 of his remarkable story of resilience with us. If you missed Part 1, get caught up here. ……………………………………………… …Within a day of having been arrested I was being processed through the adult criminal court with the possibility of being sentenced to 10 years […] July 28, 2014
  • They left me for drugs. “From age one to seven I lived on the reservation.  Age ten to fifteen lived in Tacoma.  Went to school until sixth grade. Started going back a little bit, but I got locked up at fifteen-and-a-half. Mostly for assaults and running away.  On probation till sixteen then locked up.  Charges – running away from foster […] February 5, 2014
  • 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
  • Changing confinement culture in Olathe, Kansas Olathe, Kansas is a suburb of Kansas City, but with its own unique issues. The Juvenile Detention center is divided into two parts, the older institution and a newer, LEED platinum certified facility across the street. I visited Olathe last month and photographed at both facilities. The older facility is divided into pods, two levels, […] July 1, 2013
  • [Guest Post] End Solitary Confinement of Youth in Adult Jails and Prisons Governors have an historic opportunity through the Prison Rape Elimination Act to do just that: From Campaign For Youth Justice’s Liz Ryan: This year, governors will need to certify that their states are in compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), a law that Congress unanimously approved in 2003, designed to end sexual violence […] June 11, 2013