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About Juvenile in Justice:


For the last 8 years, Juvenile in Justice has documented the U.S. juvenile justice system, bringing the public images from ‘the inside’ and first-person stories of incarcerated youth. We hope that by giving visibility and voice to these kids, we can change the discussion about the facilities that treat, confine, punish, assist, and occasionally, harm them.

According to the American Correctional Association, the average cost to incarcerate a juvenile for a 9-12 month period is between $66,000 and $88,000. In California, the cost is $224,712.

Juvenile in Justice is a unique source for images of the American juvenile justice system, which are made available to all institutions and non-profits aimed at youth justice system reform.

The Isolation Project:


Across the U.S, children spend days and months in solitary confinement.The ACLU found that in 2011 more than 95,000 children spent time in solitary confinement.

In a subsequent report, the ACLU writes, “This bare social and physical existence makes many young people feel doomed and abandoned, or in some cases, suicidal, and can lead to serious physical and emotional consequences.”

This May, Richard Ross, Executive Director of J-in-J, spent 24 hours in isolation in a juvenile detention facility in the midwest.

24 Hours in Juvenile Isolation:

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