Corrections System

A Look Inside ‘Juvenile In Justice’ by Richard Ross (Photos)

A look at child prisoners and the facilities that hold them, as captured by Richard Ross in his new book.

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© Richard Ross, www.juvenile-in-justice.com

Orleans Parish Prison, New Orleans, Louisiana

23 young men, undersupervised, at Orleans Parish Prison, Louisiana. There was a fight the night before, so staff has taken away privileges of TV, cards, and dominoes. The air conditioner is broken and it is August in New Orleans.

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Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center, Wisconsin

Trap in door for security and meals.

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Southwest Idaho Juvenile Detention Center, Caldwell, Idaho

I got kicked out of school for partying and truancy. I use meth. They have had me here for two weeks. I think they keep me here because they think I am a risk of hurting myself. When they want to come in, they come in, they don’t knock or anything — this is the observation room. There are five other girls here I think for things like runaway and curfew violations, lewd and lascivious conduct, trafficking meth, burglary, marijuana, molestation abuse, stuff like that. —C.T., age 15

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Loysville Youth Development Center, Loysville, Pennsylvania

Isolation Cell at Loysville Youth Development Center, Loysville, Pennsylvania.

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Hale Ho’omalu Juvenile Hall, Oahu, Hawaii

I’ve been here a week this time. I’m on court order to stay isolated from the other kids. I was in foster care for about 11 years and now I am adopted. They got me for residential burglary when I was in seventh grade, but since then it has been lots of probation violations — late for school, not appearing for my P.O., stuff like that. Drug Court probably saved my life. My mom is into drugs and my dad was deported to the Philippines. I have three sisters but we are all split up. The only person who visits me is my YMCA drug counselor. Lunch? It was junk. —C.C., age 16 Hale Ho’omalu Juvenile Hall, in downtown Oahu, Hawaii, built in the 1950s, now closed.

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Hillsboro Treatment Center, Hillsboro, Missouri

I hope I get out in March. Mostly depends on my level of achievement. We stuck in here today because one of the guys in our cottage didn’t feel like getting out of bed, so we all stuck here. We have class here today too. I been here awhile but I want to go back to my home in north St. Louis. They let you wear your own clothes here. —B .D., age 16 B.D. had his hand on his crotch under a sweatshirt. The director, Betty Dodson, said, “Take your hand off your imagination.” He laughed and brought his hand up.

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MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility, Woodburn, Oregon

MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility, Woodburn, Oregon