Richard Ross Richard Ross is the Executive Director of www.juvenile-in-justice.com and Juvenile-in-Justice. He is the principal photographer for the Juvenile-in-Justice project and travels frequently throughout the country to photograph and interview incarcerated children. Ross lectures frequently and has spoken at the Vera Institute of Justice, the 7th Annual Models for Change Conference, JDAI conferences, The Justice for Youth Summit, and many more. He is the author of Juvenile-in-Justice the book which received the American Library Association's 2013 Alex Award. He has been the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Fulbright, and the Center for Cultural Innovation. Ross has taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara since 1977.
  • The [Justice] Short List 8-15-14 Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time. JJIE’s Evidence-Based Practices Hub We hear a lot about evidence-based practices, but what defines these programs besides their statistical strength? And why don’t we see more of them if they work so well? Our friends at the […] August 15, 2014
  • The [Justice] Short List 7-18-14 Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time. OP-ED: Cops and Community, How to Repair a Broken Relationship When youth and cops interact, all too often they seem like a different species to the other, so completely foreign to their ways of thinking, dress, and […] July 18, 2014
  • The girls carry knives. “I’ve been here a month and I have a month to go. I’m in eighth grade, but I haven’t been to school since I was in sixth grade. I hardly ever go to school. I hang out with my friends on State Street or we drive around or we go to the beach. I hang […] December 11, 2013
  • It’s my second time, third for my sister. “We’re in for property damage, not “sanction house.” Been here two days. We were trying to steal someone’s tags [license plates.] I was 14 when I first came here. It’s my second time, third for my sister. We live with our mom. Dad lives by himself. I see my dad all the time. I’m in […] December 4, 2013
  • None of us kids live together. “I got in a fight with my mom and my dad called the police. She hit me upside my head with a book. I hit her back. Those were the original charges. I’m only here until 4:30 today and my mom and dad will pick me up. My mom is bipolar. She got up in […] November 27, 2013
  • The [Justice] Short List 11-21-13 Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time. ‘Your Body’s Not Free, But Your Mind Is’ A truly inspiring organization, with measurable results. The Free Minds Book Club puts books and pencils in the hands of juveniles sent to adult prisons, giving them membership to […] November 22, 2013
  • I fought her in 2011 and I’m still on probation. “They say I’m in sanction house. I don’t even know—I think it’s just a jail. Last night I was in my own bed. This is my first time here. I violated my probation by staying out.  I was supposed to be home at 8 on Thursday night. But I stayed out and was at a […] November 20, 2013
  • The [Justice] Short List 11-15-13 Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time. These 32 People Are Spending Their Lives in Prison for Nonviolent Crimes Meet a small number of the 3,000+ individuals that have been sentenced to die in prison…for committing a nonviolent crime. If you have any glimmer […] November 15, 2013
  • I been in 20 different rooms here. “I first came here at 13. My first charge was having a knife and drugs. The drugs? Weed. I was here for a week—was the worst place I ever want to be…..locked up. I came back a couple of months later. More weed charges. They put me on adult probation at 13. This went on […] November 13, 2013
  • The [Justice] Short List 11-8-13 Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time. ACLU: Prison Profiteers With so much strife, suffering, and isolation plaguing our prison system, the idea that someone actually benefits from it is sickening. But unless we find out who is winning from this losing game and […] November 8, 2013
  • We got to 50, and then decided to go to 100. “It’s my first time here. I’m accused of sexually molesting my 5-year-old brother. My grandparent and parents visit on Tuesday and Thursday and Saturday. Mom is a nurse. Dad a car mechanic. He quit that and is now trying to be a salesman. It was kind of scary when I first got here. I was […] November 6, 2013
  • The [Justice] Short List 11-1-13 Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time. Can Theater Help Solve California’s Prison Overcrowding Crisis? Allowing prisoners to express themselves is a successful tool in reducing recidivism–significant proof of the power of the arts, in every field of life. What viable argument exists against […] November 1, 2013