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Juvenile In Justice is a Guggenheim award winning project by world renowned photographer Richard Ross to photograph and interview youth in juvenile detention centers across the U.S. Installments from the project appear bi-monthly on Bokeh.

I’m done when I say I’m done and I’m done


[two_third] [Juvenile In Justice is a Guggenheim-award winning project by world renowned photographer Richard Ross to photograph and interview youth in juvenile detention centers across the U.S. Installments from the project appear weekly on Bokeh.] I broke into Goodwill because I was so cold. I did PCP for two days, then I broke into Goodwill because I was so cold. I was on house arrest for two days for Marijuana. I’ve been here twice. On this trip I was here a week. First time I was here two weeks— also when I was 17. I have 23 more days here then I’m on […]

They Didn’t Believe Me…


[two_third] [Juvenile In Justice is a Guggenheim-award winning project by world renowned photographer Richard Ross to photograph and interview youth in juvenile detention centers across the U.S. Installments from the project appear weekly on Bokeh.] “The Public Defender is always busy and doesn’t have much time for me. I’m not nervous. I’m accepting what happens.” [pullquote]Photo by Richard Ross[/pullquote]I’ve been here two 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 (state penitentiary), […]

I started coming in when I was 11


[two_third] I’m from Wyandotte, Kansas. I’m a “brother” of D.F. We both been here for a while. We are probably going to the same place, a YCAT for a couple of years. This is the 10th time I’m here. I started coming in when I was 11. First time—I don’t really remember … I think it was a fight at school. Couple of times for fighting — aggression stuff. I have been in foster homes. Had trouble at school. One time at school I almost fought a security guard. Mom is from Mexico and my Dad is black. The state […]

My whole family is drug abusers and criminals


[two_third] “I’m from Johnson County. I’ve been here 4 months. I’ve been in seven times. First charge was damage to property—aiding and abetting (fleeing from cops) when I was 12-years old. My Mom came to see me. She comes every weekend from Lawrence. It’s about a 30-45 minute drive. She’s unemployed. Dad works in Olathe and visits every weekend. He works at a warehouse. I have two brothers. One is 15—in jail at Douglas County- battery and grand theft auto. The 13 year old is on ISP (intense supervised probation.) I have a 19-year-old sister who is finished with her […]

Straight and Sober… Now


[two_third] “I’m from over toward Missouri. My dad came to visit today and my mom is coming tomorrow with my great grandma. This is my first time in detention and I’ve only been here a week… I’m here for destruction of property. I had court on the 12th and I’ll be put in ACT (Adolescent Center for Treatment, a residential facility for youth with substance use problems) for 28 Days. I’ll go there but I have to wait for a bed to open up first. I have a theft case pending— a drug related paraphernalia charge. I was on probation […]

Changing Confinement Culture in Olathe, Kansas


[scrollGallery id=29] [two_third] [pullquote] Text and Photographs by Richard Ross [/pullquote] 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, with architecture you would expect after viewing any recent TV movie with punishment as a subject. Cells with metal doors, some with pass through traps, small windows, concrete floors, cot-like beds, steel sinks and […]

[Audio Interview] Both Sides of the Bars: K.X, age 19, and the Superintendent


[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 following post focuses on two perspectives: K.X, a young woman in isolation at Oak Creek and Mike Riggan, the superintendent of Oak Creek.  Read the entire interview here: Juvenile-in-Justice   Photography: Richard Ross. View the entire story here.  [Back to Richard Ross: Articles on Bokeh] 0 likes