• Let facilities take root in our neighborhoods A version of this article was originally published by the NY Daily News.  ………………………. At age 15, I was arrested for stealing a car and was sentenced to juvenile prison until my 21st birthday. In mid-90s Illinois, the sole female juvenile prison was located in a Chicago suburb, five hours north of my rural town. […] February 16, 2016
  • “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
  • “There was a lot of violence.” I’ve been here six months. I’m from Washington Heights. I’ve been in ACS since I was 12—four years now. My home is my mom and three siblings: my eight year-old sister, my seven year-old sister, my eighteen year-old brother, and my one month-old baby. It’s four all together. My mom is a home health aid. […] June 24, 2015
  • Finally By Richard Ross “I was in Isolation – the longest stretch was 80 days.”, said my friend Ronald Franklin, who was held for seven years and released about six weeks ago. His call came the same day as the passage of California SB 124, a bill that finally prevents kids in detention from being held in […] June 4, 2015
  • “It’s all around me, that’s all I see.” I’ve been here three weeks. This is my third time here. First time I was here I was 14. I was 11 when I started using meth. My mom’s an alcoholic; my uncle and my dad are addicts. It’s all around me; that’s all I see. I live in the valley in North Hollywood. I […] October 8, 2014
  • The [Justice] Short List 5-16-14 Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time. OP-ED: The Uneasy Transition From Juvenile Hall to Life on The Outside More often than not when we hear about the experiences of youth who have been detained, it is not from the youths themselves but the […] May 16, 2014
  • The [Justice] Short List 7-2-13 Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, reports, videos and more that are worth your time. Therapy Helps Troubled Teens Rethink Crime NPR reports: After the killing of a Ph.D student by a gunman in 2007, the University of Chicago established a center to study how to prevent homicide, using the tools of […] July 3, 2013
  • The Short List 5-14-13 [Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, reports, videos and more that are worth your time.] via Gizmodo: ‘This Ad Has a Secret Anti-Abuse Message That Only Kids Can See’ In an effort to provide abused children with a safe way to reach out for help, a Spanish organization called the Aid to […] May 14, 2013
  • Dreaming of the Mountain Top “We have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it.” 45 years ago yesterday Martin Luther King Jr. delivered “I’ve been to the mountaintop,” his final speech, to a crowd at the Mason Temple in Memphis Tennessee. Todd Chretien writes on the socialistworker.org, “Each time I listen to it, I stop, I’m captivated, […] April 4, 2013
  • Comparative Uniforms Both sets of juveniles in the images above are in residential treatment programs. Missouri (top) allows them to dress in casual clothing; Massachusetts (below) has them wearing scarlet jump suits. December 16, 2011
  • J, age 15, JCC-Nampa, Nampa, ID I’ve been here for two months, I’m in special treatment because I wasn’t doing the work I was supposed to be doing in the 12-step program. I’ve been doing drugs since I was 12– weed, meth, alcohol. November 10, 2011
  • The 8 x 10 room: too-small cells   Built in 1957 as Bridges Juvenile Center, Spofford was a secure detention facility. It closed in 2010. At the time of this visit in August 2009, it was rated for a maximum capacity of 75 kids, usually 16-20 are female. November 4, 2011