Incarcerated

Incarcerated.

Teens in the system reflect on what it feels like to be incarcerated.

the word "black" surrounded by black paint covering the image
the word "black" surrounded by black paint covering the image

I just wrote the word black, and then covered my paper in black, because I felt like I was in the dark, yeah, felt depressed, shit. I felt shitty cause you couldn’t do nothin’ now, I was locked up. Police, police yank ya, so, mm hmm.

Illustration bloodshot eye
Illustration bloodshot eye

I got a bloodshot eye here, cause I guess whenever I get angry my eyes get bloodshot. I kinda got some what like the red coming into my eye, cause I guess like when I get mad I kinda, like the anger I guess takes over a little part of me, I kinda lose myself to the anger, so, I guess that’s what I got.

JRC

illustration of juvenile reception center
illustration of juvenile reception center

I drew JRC [juvenile reception center], because it be depressin, and I hate sittin’, that’s all (love me).

drawing of spaceship jail
drawing of spaceship jail

I don’t know what I drew, I just drew it.
I guess this is like, they got like a spaceship jail
This is like a robot spaceship but it’s a jail
Then it’s like you look out the window, you see the stars and the moon
And then the sun is a mass of linkadinkin guys, a nuclear furnace
This is a box to freedom
And if you open a box, I guess there’ll be a passage out
Then this the Jewish star, and just like a circle, just a circle
That’s about it

You know I’m angry cause I’m not free. And the green line, is for like, the police, you know they only want me for the money, cause you know, we a dollar sign. And the fire on the words, is like my anger and stuff, and ah, yeah.

illustration of juvenile court hearing
illustration of juvenile court hearing

I just got me in court, last time. Tell me if I ever come back in this courtroom again, he’s gonna send me to the hills.