Yesterday, my image of a restraint chair at Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center in Wisconsin was featured in the NY Times alongside an article about the reforms being made to the juvenile justice system in Shelby County, Tennessee. The piece, by Kim Severson, details an ongoing federal investigation which revealed a system that was treating kids poorly, incarcerating a disproportionately high number of black teenagers, and employing bad and sometimes illegal practices. I have not been able to photograph in Tennessee, and perhaps this article illustrates what administrators desired to keep opaque. It is disappointing, but we can hope that now, with attention being paid and new changes being federally mandated, that the system in Shelby County (which includes Memphis) will improve for those that it serves.
Read the entire article HERE.