• Joseph Ligon By Richard Ross “I may be released before you get here…” These are the optimistic words of Joseph Ligon. Joe was incarcerated when he was 15 after a one-day trial for a murder he denies committing. He is in Pennsylvania—one of the three major states (Michigan and Louisiana) that required a subsequent Supreme Court ruling […] March 30, 2016
  • Continuum By Richard Ross Standing in rooms where people were tortured is a visceral experience. Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo. The discussion then, 10 years past, was the fluid continuum–from discussion, interview, interrogation, then finally, torture. The terms were sometimes twisted—“enhanced interrogation”—but our descending from who we were to what we had become was unmistakable and chilling […] January 13, 2016
  • Tribal Justice By Richard Ross I offer condolences this Thanksgiving—sending a note to the chief judge of the Yurok tribe.  The Yuroks are the largest tribe in California. 6500 people whose traditional lands are along the Klamath River. Many of the Yurok have no running water nor electricity. Roadside deer are not road kill, rather they are “harvest.” […] December 9, 2015
  • [Equal Voice] A Look at Life Inside Youth Jails As the U.S. debates criminal justice reform, few outsiders have entered the world of youth in custody. Richard Ross, a California-based documentary photographer, has done so. Equal Voice News is sharing some of his images and the stories he has collected over the years. The Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights calls the photographs a “glimpse […] November 3, 2015
  • ISOLATED 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
  • [KCRW] World Isn’t Worth Saving if the Price Is a Tear of an Innocent Child Last night on KCRW’s Art Talk Edward Goldman briefed listeners on Ross and his work to document the state of the juvenile justice system. Here is an excerpt from the show: Ross was able to gain access to various American juvenile detention facilities, where kids as young as 10 are being incarcerated for an unreasonably long […] July 8, 2015
  • [TIME] Inside America’s Juvenile-Detention System Today, writing for Time’s blog Lightbox, Carmen Winant published  “Inside America’s Juvenile-Detention System” featuring 16 of our photos and an interview with Ross. We think the readers of TIME will benefit from seeing the images and hearing about the project, and we hope to expand the discussion of the juvenile justice system and the need for reform. As […] May 26, 2015
  • [Mother Jones] These Photos Show What Life Is Like for Girls in Juvenile Detention Last week, Hannah Levintova wrote about Richard’s work and featured some images on Mother Jones: We confine and often demonize a group of kids who have been abused and violated by the very people who should be protecting and loving them,” writes Ross, who also won a 2012 National Magazine Award for a photo collection on juvenile […] May 5, 2015
  • [USA Today] Richard Ross interviewed on Justice podcast For the past few days, Richard has been part of a podcast series and online chat featured on USA Today entitled “Why is the juvenile justice system failing girls?” under the hashtag #usajusticechat April 30, 2015
  • The [Justice] Short List 12-5-14 Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time. Juvenile Justice Center Teens Get Up-Close Look at City Jobs A breath of fresh air comes our way from Corpus Christi, Texas! Youth from the juvenile justice center were given a tour of City Hall, met Mayor […] December 5, 2014
  • The [Justice] Short List 11-14-14 Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time. Center for Investigative Reporting: Video Piece This great piece by the Center for Investigative Reporting puts compelling visuals to Izzy’s story of being held in solitary confinement at Rikers Island as a teen. Recounting over 300 days […] November 14, 2014
  • The [Justice] Short List 11-7-14 Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time. Healing From Trauma: Girls in Juvenile Justice “The level of trauma experienced by girls now in the juvenile justice system is unacceptable” is somewhat of an understatement. When looking at the life histories of girls in the […] November 7, 2014