Category Archives: Richard Ross: Juvenile In Justice

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.

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 […]

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


[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

“My Mom and I have Forgiven Each Other” (Audio Interview)


“My Mom and I have Forgiven Each Other” (Audio Interview) “I’m from Grants Pass. I’m Cherakawa Apache. I’ve been [at Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility] for 14 months. I have to do another year. Then I’m on parole for 3-5 years…” Listen to the entire interview with D.T, age 19, at: Juvenile-in-Justice Photography: Richard Ross. View the entire story here. [Back to Richard Ross: Articles on Bokeh] 0 likes

Girls Only: U.T. at 14, at Oak Creek Youth Correctional


“I came in when I was 12. Now I’m 14. I attempted arson. I hope to be leaving in a few days and go to Lithia Springs in Klamath (RTC). No one visits me here – really, no one. I don’t have a mom. I was in foster care and then adopted, but my adopted parents disowned me. I have a brother who I lived with. I tried to set fire to my house and my foster home. Drugs and alcohol weren’t involved, nothing.” 0 likes

A Visit to Red Hook


Edward “Eddie” Figueroa, Director at Red Hook Residential Center, refers to the children under his care as “fallen angels.” Originally from Puerto Rico, Eddie has been at Red Hook for 29 years. He tells all the kids, “I don’t care what you did to get here. I care about your behavior and your success once you are here.” Photography: Richard Ross. View the entire story here. 0 likes

New Beginnings Youth Development Center, Laurel, MD


New Beginnings is a 60-bed secure facility for committed youth– youth that have been charged and sentenced. When they say secure, this is what they mean: the perimeter of the facility is lined in a complex barrier of fence, regular razor wire and several layers of concertina wire. Photography: Richard Ross View the entire project at www.juvenile-in-justice.com 0 likes

New Beginnings Youth Development Center, Laurel, MD

Metro Youth Services, Dorchester, MA


Juvenile-In-Justice by Richard Ross At Metro Youth Services, the fence surrounding the perimeter is topped by Concertina wire, a coiled razor wire which is also used by the military. Photography: Richard Ross View the entire project at www.juvenile-in-justice.com 0 likes

Metro Youth Services, Dorchester, MA

Library at Alameda County Juvenile Detention, San Leandro, California


Juvenile-In-Justice by Richard Ross Alameda County Juvenile Detention Center, San Leandro, California. Capacity is 360 kids, built at a cost of $135 million dollars, opened in 2007, LEED Gold Certified. Pictured: library, with a view of the courtyard and the grass. Most of the books are street-cred motivational books. Photography: Richard Ross View the entire project at www.juvenile-in-justice.com 0 likes

R.F., age 16, Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center, Miami, Florida


Juvenile-In-Justice by Richard Ross Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center (TGK). 7000 NW 41 Street, Miami, Florida, 33166. TGK has 1300 beds for male and female inmates of various levels custody. Officers work inside housing units and directly supervise inmates 24 hours a day. At the time of visit, the facility was cold, in the low 60s. Photography: Richard Ross View the entire project at www.juvenile-in-justice.com 0 likes

N., age 12, Douglas County Juvenile Detention, Lawrence, Kansas


Juvenile-In-Justice by Richard Ross BASICS: Private intake facility with day school attached. Can detain 18 youths, but rarely go over 16 at a time. Youths aged from 10-18, average age is 17. Average stay is 15 days. Kids are called clients, residents, students, or youths while staff are called correction officers. 14 youths assigned to school. Youth who are assigned to school are held under house arrest. Photography: Richard Ross View the entire project at www.juvenile-in-justice.com 0 likes

Bluett School, St. Louis, Missouri


Juvenile-In-Justice by Richard Ross Basics: Bluett School, St. Louis, MO. is an innovative concepts academy — a school of last resort. “If you can’t read and you haven’t been exposed, you can’t dream. They don’t dream, they have nightmares. Everything they know is negative.” This is where kids go that have been thrown out of school for fighting, drugs, bad behavior, suspension, and not remaining home. Schools can send kids here to avoid court. The kids have to attend smaller classes, after school activities, chess, dog obedience training, dance, and orchestra. Photography: Richard Ross View the entire project at www.juvenile-in-justice.com 0 likes

J.P., age 18, Alameda County Juvenile Detention Center, San Leandro, California


Juvenile-In-Justice by Richard Ross Alameda County Juvenile Detention Center, San Leandro, California. Capacity is 360 kids, built at a cost of $135 million dollars, opened in 2007, LEED Gold Certified. Pictured: J.P, age 18, he was the accomplice to D.Y (aforementioned with child). Has ten brothers are sisters. His dad visits his mom lives in Bakersfield. He is going to Santa Rita. He is awaiting sentencing for armed robbery. He is required to be isolated from the rest of the population because he is 19, so he is housed in his own wing, unit 11. Adults are not allowed to […]

M.O, age 16, Pima County Juvenile Detention Center, Pima County, Arizona


Juvenile-In-Justice by Richard Ross I’ve been here two weeks, but it’s my eighth time here. I’m usually here for two or three months… I am waiting to try to find placements, a group home that does rehab for drugs and alcohol. I was doing E, we call them Thizzles. My mom visits… but she isn’t a parent, she’s a teenager in a parent’s body. She’s into drugs and alcohol, and there are five of us kids. Photography: Richard Ross View the entire project at www.juvenile-in-justice.com 0 likes

M.O, age 16, Pima County Juvenile Detention Center, Pima County, Arizona

Harris County Leadership Academy, Houston, Texas


Juvenile-In-Justice by Richard Ross Formerly the Delta Boot Camp, the facility was redesigned in 2009 to the current Academy with a capacity of 96 youth. Despite the changes, corrections officers are still frequently referred to as lieutenant. The focus of the program is to redirect the thinking and behavior patterns of juveniles by instilling in them a sound foundation embracing a healthy self-concept, respect for others, authority and personal accountability. They concentrate on behavioral modification rather than a discipline-based system. As part of the program, the juveniles play with, bond, and train abandoned dogs. Photography: Richard Ross View the entire project […]

Harris County Leadership Academy, Houston, Texas

Gym, Racine County Juvenile Detention, Racine, Wisconsin


Juvenile-In-Justice by Richard Ross RCJD typically holds around 60 juveniles, but at the time of visit the population was 40. On average, there are 6-8 girls in the unit. Kids attend school for 5 hours a day, mostly with special education teachers. Juveniles are referred to as “kids” and address staff members by first name. The facility implements an ACE (Alternatives to Confinement through Education) to encourage good behavior, which is a point system of rewards and privileges. Kids get at least one hour of exercise daily.   Photography: Richard Ross View the entire project at www.juvenile-in-justice.com 0 likes

Gym, Racine County Juvenile Detention, Racine, Wisconsin

Sol Vista Youth Services Center, Pueblo, Colorado


Juvenile-In-Justice by Richard Ross SVYSC, in operation for four years, is a secure treatment facility for juveniles with severe mental health needs and violent offenders. Juveniles stay at SVYSC between twelve and eighteen months. The facility has 20 beds and at the time of visit all beds were in use. In most cases SVYSC is a last resort facility, after a juvenile has flunked out of other institutions.     Photography: Richard Ross View the entire project at www.juvenile-in-justice.com 0 likes

Sol Vista Youth Services Center, Pueblo, Colorado