• “Any time they hear my name they lock me up.” I’ve been in the timeout room for two days. I’ve been in detention four times. The first time I was 13. I’ve been in isolation eight times. The longest time was two weeks. Any conflict or altercation they lock me up. Doesn’t matter who’s to blame they lock me up. They won’t let me tell […] January 21, 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 [Justice] Short List 6-20-14 Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time. The Sister of Second Chances We are at a loss for words. The monumental work that Hour Children has accomplished in supporting and rehabilitating incarcerated mothers and their children is nothing short of miraculous. And it’s all […] June 20, 2014
  • A Mother’s Plea: Stop Solitary Confinement of Children Via ACLU: In 2005, Vicky Gunderson’s 17-year-old son, Kirk (pictured above), committed suicide while in solitary confinement in a Wisconsin jail. Here’s her story: “As a mother, not being able to hug and comfort my son when he was alone in a concrete box was like the worst form of hell. Knowing our son Kirk […] June 18, 2013
  • [Guest Post] End Solitary Confinement of Youth in Adult Jails and Prisons Governors have an historic opportunity through the Prison Rape Elimination Act to do just that: From Campaign For Youth Justice’s Liz Ryan: This year, governors will need to certify that their states are in compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), a law that Congress unanimously approved in 2003, designed to end sexual violence […] June 11, 2013
  • Solitary Confinement: A Mother’s Perspective  [Guest post by Grace Bauer, Co-Director of Justice 4 Families] In what feels like another lifetime… It was summer and we decided to take the kids and my mom fishing.  My son wanted to bring his new bike with the training wheels.  As soon as his dad took it out of the truck, he was off.  Happy […] June 5, 2013
  • 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
  • [Guest Post] How a Mother Becomes an Advocate Last month, we featured the organization Justice 4 Families on the blog. This week, Grace Bauer, Co-Director of Justice 4 Families, brings us deeper into some of her personal experiences that catalyzed the creation of the organization: “Beginning in 1998, with my son’s first arrest at the age of 12, I embarked on a journey […] May 29, 2013
  • The Short List 5-7-13 [Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, reports, videos and more that are worth your time.] via the Miami Herald: ‘Fred Grimm: For kids in isolation, a shrug from Florida lawmakers’ Crummy news from Florida. A Senate criminal justice committee hearing last week on Florida’s rampant use of solitary confinement for children […] May 7, 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