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 click here.
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.
Richard Ross is a photographer, researcher and professor of art based in Santa Barbara, California. Ross has been the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, MacArthur and the Center for Cultural Innovation. Ross was awarded both Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellowships. His most recent work, the — In Justice series, turns a lens on the placement and treatment of American juveniles housed by law in facilities that treat, confine, punish, assist and, occasionally, harm them. Two books and traveling exhibitions of the work continue to see great success while Ross collaborates with juvenile justice stakeholders, using the images as a catalyst for change.