• 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
  • What have guns done for us? In the wake of the beyond devastating events of last Friday (http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/us/connecticut-school-shooting/index.html), wherein a young man entered an elementary school heavily armed and proceeded to kill 6 adults and 20 children, I am forced to mourn again the case of firearms ending up in the wrong hands. In my work, I encounter story after story […] December 18, 2012
  • R.F Update: finally!! After nearly five years awaiting trial in Miami’s Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center, R.F’s case is finally moving forward (Read about R.F’s case history HERE) The youngest of his co-defendants, R.F recently took a deal for a minimum of 18 months (maximum of 36 months) in a juvenile facility. His older co-defendants all took deals […] December 5, 2012
  • Hair and Identity We are all born with approximately 150,000 hair follicles, which, depending on our genes, bud into black or brown or blonde or curly or frizzy or straight locks. How we shape and style our strands is key to how we perceive ourselves… and how we compose ourselves to be perceived by those around us. This […] November 26, 2012
  • Hiding (part 2) I’m in the 9th grade. I originally had 16 charges of armed robbery, which was eventually dropped to seven. I’m also charged with attempted murder. I’ve never been in jail or juvie before this. I’ve been at TGK for three weeks… My mom, step dad and my little sister visit me here. I don’t know […] November 21, 2012
  • 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
  • R.F’s 18th birthday: from juvenile to adult Last month we caught up with R.F, who has spent four years and three months in detention awaiting trial (R.F Update: Four Years and Three Months Without Trial). In his conversation with Ross, R.F stated, “sometimes being locked up is like already being dead ’cause you don’t really have no control over your life. You […] October 3, 2012
  • Dignity Pat down search at Miami-Dade Regional Detention Center in Miami, Florida January 19, 2012
  • Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center, Miami, FL Dick Wolf has it wrong. There are not ‘two sides to the criminal justice system…those that fight crime and those that prosecute the offenders.’ In fact there is a third side that goes less noticed until problems arise. This is the world of corrections. November 2, 2011
  • S.M. age 15, Miami-Dade Regional Juvenile Detention Facility, Miami, FL “I was at TGK for a year. It wasn’t too bad, but I remember getting out and my Mom hugging me for the first time in a year and we both cried and cried. I am here now on other charges I caught– home invasion, kidnapping armed car jacking, aggravated assault, battery and armed battery. October 26, 2011
  • A.H, Miami-Dade Regional Juvenile Detention Center, Miami, FL I been here eight months, right now I’m reading Metamorphosis [by Franz Kafka] . I been in 20-25 fights here. I’m got two counts of murder, rape, and assault. September 29, 2011