Juvenile-In-Justice by Richard Ross In the cafeteria, three girls dance while the other girls drum on the tables. There are 113 girls in this facility. The probation officer states, “a lot of these girls are gang members and are really tough.” Photography: Richard Ross View the entire project at www.juvenile-in-justice.com [Back to Juvenile-In-Justice […]
“I am going to be 18 in two weeks, I’ve been here for a year and a month for criminal trespassing as well as sex offenses.”
“I lost the finger in a knife fight when I was 12. I was sentenced as an adult due to the violent nature of my crime. I had a 12-year sentence, but pled down to six. I pled down from murder to aggravated assault.”
D.F has been in the system since he was 12. He recently escaped by chewing out of his cell. He is being kept in a room that doesn’t meet ACA standards for suicide prevention cells and he just defecated all over a meal tray to make a point.
B.T is being held in the crisis intervention unit, on 24-hour supervision. All of his clothes have been taken away as a safety precaution and he is in his underwear. Half of the staff is female and thus they will supervise a male. He is combative and self-abusive.
See some of Portland at its homely best in the work of a few dozen youth from the city that are part of an effort called Focus on Youth. These are what director Donna Lee Holmes calls low-income, high risk youth. The project uses professional photographers to give them the “creative outlets to make positive […]
“I guess I’m in special treatment, I wasn’t doing the work I was supposed to do in the 12-step program. I started doing drugs when I was 12, ran away when I was 13. I’ve been locked up for 8 months. My dad has visited me once.”
“I wanna be a R&B singer, I write my own songs [proceeds to sing, thumping against his chest for a beat]. I’ll send you my lyrics”
“I am 17, transitioning from male to female. I live in the girls’ dorm isolation cell. I’ve been here for seven months, two months ‘til I’m 18 and I can go. I live on the streets most of the time with my friends, they are part of that life.”
On a warm summer afternoon JJIE took to the city’s parks in search of a slice of modern day Americana – What is it like to be growing up in this country today? What are the thoughts, views and frustrations faced by the average teen? What emotions lay behind the sometimes callous facade of our […]