Southwest Idaho Juvenile Detention Center, Caldwell, Idaho, 3: Juvenile-In-Justice by Richard Ross

Southwest Idaho Juvenile Detention Center, Caldwell, Idaho, 3: Juvenile-In-Justice by Richard Ross

Caldwell Southwest Idaho Juvenile Detention Center

BASICS: Kids aged from 11-17 years old. When they turn 18, they are released to an adult institution. “Discretionary days”-violation of probation, stays at the facility for a while. Prison population contains more Hispanic youths than the general population. Isolation Cells. Kids eat in cells. Average stay is 14 days, some kids stay longer.

July 2010, Gabriel is small African American kid in cell. He is viewed through window as well. 14 year old. Been here for a week. In Observation room. He goes to class in the AM and then comes back to his room; he doesn’t read, doesn’t watch TV. He sits in the cell. He eats in the cell. He was supposed to come home today, but his Aunt didn’t come. He can’t live with his mother nor father. I’ve been here three times before. This is the longest. So his aunt doesn’t visit….she is never sure when the visiting days are. He didn’t tell his aunt that he is here (she has to be notified) He is low functional. He has a very slow mannered speech. CPS must be involved as well.
He has been charged with battery against his aunt.