• I can’t get mad at these kids

    By Richard Ross “Mos def. Mos def,” says Ronald. I fly from Santa Barbara to Miami. The flight is late. I book a hotel near Liberty City, Miami Gardens — not the best neighborhood. I get to the desk at one AM. There is Ronald, with his NYC t-shirt and his gleaming grill. We exchange hugs, pats […]

    October 27, 2015

    The Isolated exhibit is the most recent component of Richard Ross’ ten-year effort to document the juvenile justice system in the United States. In this show, Ross critiques the pervasive use of solitary confinement with a combination of documentary photographs, audio clips from interviews with incarcerated youth, and a facsimile of an isolation cell. Atkinson […]

    September 17, 2015
  • Alabama: A Different Approach

    By Richard Ross Cathy Woods is the assistant director of one of the more progressive juvenile detention centers in the United States: Tuscaloosa County Juvenile Detention Center in Alabama. Tuscaloosa isn’t just the home of the Crimson Tide or where George Wallace stood on the schoolhouse steps trying to thwart desegregation; it’s the location of a […]

    September 8, 2015
  • Children of the Abyss

    By Jason Sexton It was the end of an era. But one that must be told. I watched it growing up in Tracy, a California prison town. Older guys would leave for prison. Bay Area rappers spoke of being brought up middle-class yet catching cases, doing “lock-down” in Preston. Fast juvenile crime and doing time earned […]

    June 9, 2015
  • Finally

    By Richard Ross “I was in Isolation – the longest stretch was 80 days.”, said my friend Ronald Franklin, who was held for seven years and released about six weeks ago. His call came the same day as the passage of California SB 124, a bill that finally prevents kids in detention from being held in […]

    June 4, 2015
  • Images projected during FLEXN in New York

    From March 25th to April 4th, images and factoids from the Juvenile in Justice project were projected adjacent to Peter Sellar’s dance performance, FLEXN. See more info here: http://www.armoryonpark.org/programs_events/detail/flexn

    April 6, 2015
  • CNN Photo Essay + Interview: Girls behind bars tell their stories

    “For a ling time, I took pride in not prostituting. My last relapse, I started prostituting on my own,” said B.X., 18. “My mom and dad were both alcoholics. They owned a bar. I was left alone a lot. My mom was drunk when she found me on the street. I had run away. She […]

    March 26, 2015
  • PBS Photo Essay: Life inside a juvenile detention center for girls

    Three girls at a juvenile facility in Racine, Wisconsin. Roughly 30 percent of incarcerated youth in the United States are female. Thanks, PBS! Today Girls in Justice was featured in a small photo essay on PBS NewsHour written by Mike Fritz.

    March 17, 2015
  • Workshops at RISD: Art & Activism

    Interested in activism, art, or both? Want to learn about art as a tool of activism? This upcoming Tuesday, March 10th, Richard Ross will be giving two workshops about these topics at RISD! Workshops: Art & Activism, 11:20am-12:50pm, Ewing House In the Face of Injustice, How Do Artists Respond? 6:30pm-8:30pm, Taproom For more information visit: […]

    March 8, 2015
  • Too many girls are locked up to keep them ‘safe’

    This story is also featured on the San Francisco Chronicle By Richard Ross There is a growing problem of girls and law enforcement. The problem is not the violent catastrophic deaths that have captured the news. It is the slower escalation in how we treat the girls — no less life threatening and just as destructive. This is […]

    February 26, 2015
  • Call Me Mandi

    An edited version of this text is featured on The Marshall Project By Richard Ross Just north of the city of San Francisco, across the bay at the tip of the Marin County, stands San Quentin, California Men’s Prison. The crenelated castle-like towers remind you it was built when Abraham Lincoln was still President. It is […]

    February 5, 2015
  • “Six different people raped me.”

    First time I was here I was 14. This time I’ve been here for two months. I went AWOL from placement. When I was upset with my mom, I used drugs. I regret that. I live with my mom, my 14-year-old sister, my nine-year-old brother, and my stepdad. He’s protecting my family while I’m in […]

    January 14, 2015