What we do:

Juvenile In Justice is a project to document
the placement and treatment of American juveniles housed by law in facilities that treat, confine, punish, assist and, occasionally, harm them.

Juvenile in Justice includes images of over 1,000 juveniles and administrators over 200 facilities in 31 states in the U.S, plus extensive information collected from interviews. The hope is that by seeing these images, people will have a better understanding of the conditions that exist. Children’s identities are always protected and faces are never shown.

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– including the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Campaign for Youth Justice, Equal Justice Initiative, Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange. All images and interviews in the project were created by Richard Ross, Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara since 1978. Since discovering that kids as young as ten are entering the system, Ross has dedicated himself to research and documentation of the American juvenile justice system. For inquiries about image use please contact us. 

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 has evolved into a multidisciplinary project– including a book with essays by Ira Glass of National Public Radio and Bart Lubow of Annie E. Casey Foundation; a traveling exhibition that has shown at the Nevada Museum of Art, Gage Gallery at Roosevelt University Chicago, Kennesaw State University Art Museum, and Ronald Feldman Gallery in New York; a lecture that has been delivered to judges, journalists, and advocates.

The project has been generously supported by grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the Center for Cultural Innovation.

Our team: