• ‘We’re the walking dead in here.’ “I am sixty one years old. I was 17 years old when I committed the crime. When I was born, dad was not around. I went to juvie maybe three times for not going to school when I was 12 or 13. I stopped going to school in 5th or 6th grade. I went to […] January 19, 2017
  • “I’m not allowed out.” I’m in a segregation cell. I’ve been here for one and a half months, out of a 6-month sentence. I came to visit my grandma here in town in the summer but I got in trouble. My parents live in different states. I’ve been in detention in other states three times now. I’m here for credit card theft, but I’m in segregation because they […] August 11, 2016
  • “I’m here because of something I did with my brother.” I’ve been here like 4 days or a week. Sometimes I like being in my cell or watching TV or eating lunch or making Christmas decorations. I’m here because of something I did with my brother. He’s like 19 or 24, I don’t know. I live with my mom and dad. Brother is arrested right now. They just […] February 16, 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • The Boy in Cell Number 7 It’s April now, and I’m wondering how it came down to this, and how I stooped this low, and how I am in here because of these so-called friends. We just got back from school, and soon it will be lunchtime. We walk over to G-unit, and I walk straight up the stairs to my […] December 8, 2014
  • I only see my mom when I’m in court. “I’ve been here a year. I was 12 on my first visit. Nobody visits me. I only see my mom when I’m in court. I was adopted. My dad’s dead; he got hanged in jail when I was six or seven. My mom lives in Viejo. I started in foster care when I was two. […] June 18, 2014
  • The [Justice] Short List 2-7-14 Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time. Juvenile Justice: How Prosecutors in Florida Gained Incredible Power Over the Fate of Juveniles This insightful articles gives the reader a play-by-play of the events that gave sentencing power over to prosecutors in Florida. By examining one […] February 7, 2014
  • 24 Hours in Isolation [video + reflection] At the end of May, Richard Ross, Juvenile In Justice Executive Director, spent 24 hours in solitary confinement in a juvenile detention facility in the midwest. Below a video and a reflection text document his experience. 24 Hours in Juvenile Isolation from Juvenile In Justice on Vimeo. Across the U.S, children spend days and months […] June 4, 2013
  • Richard Ross to document 24 hours in an isolation cell Every day in the U.S children under the age of 18 are held in solitary confinement. This is not an irregular occurrence  but a relatively common practice used to isolate, separate from the general population, observe, and punish. Sometimes they get a mattress, but are prohibited from laying on it during the day. Frequently the cells […] May 6, 2013
  • Hiding I am on lock down for fighting. I was in the other unit, but they moved me here with the older kids. I am not out much anyway. They will move me to gen pop in a couple of days. -J.R, age 15, at Ferris School in Delaware. Kids escape institutions in many ways. Not […] November 19, 2012