• Transitions by Richard Ross What’s more important? Returning to the same institution after 40 years (gasp); or working full time to create a booklet that highlights effective alternatives to juvenile detention? I plan to place such a booklet in the courtroom of every juvenile and family court judge or public defender in the country. Every. Single. […] December 1, 2017
  • [Equal Voice] A Look at Life Inside Youth Jails As the U.S. debates criminal justice reform, few outsiders have entered the world of youth in custody. Richard Ross, a California-based documentary photographer, has done so. Equal Voice News is sharing some of his images and the stories he has collected over the years. The Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights calls the photographs a “glimpse […] November 3, 2015
  • [Fusion] Why are so many kids serving time in juvenile jail? We are happy to share this great piece by Fusion. Back in February Fusion accompanied Richard Ross to document the kids behind bars in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. This piece is by the kids for the kids. The video produced from that day: October 26, 2015
  • 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
  • Alabama: A Different Approach By Richard Ross Cathy Woods is the assistant director of one of the more progressive juvenile detention centers in the United States: Tuscaloosa County Juvenile Detention Center in Alabama. Tuscaloosa isn’t just the home of the Crimson Tide or where George Wallace stood on the schoolhouse steps trying to thwart desegregation; it’s the location of a […] September 8, 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
  • [TIME] Inside America’s Juvenile-Detention System Today, writing for Time’s blog Lightbox, Carmen Winant published  “Inside America’s Juvenile-Detention System” featuring 16 of our photos and an interview with Ross. We think the readers of TIME will benefit from seeing the images and hearing about the project, and we hope to expand the discussion of the juvenile justice system and the need for reform. As […] May 26, 2015
  • Workshops at RISD: Art & Activism Interested in activism, art, or both? Want to learn about art as a tool of activism? This upcoming Tuesday, March 10th, Richard Ross will be giving two workshops about these topics at RISD! Workshops: Art & Activism, 11:20am-12:50pm, Ewing House In the Face of Injustice, How Do Artists Respond? 6:30pm-8:30pm, Taproom For more information visit: […] March 8, 2015
  • Too many girls are locked up to keep them ‘safe’ This story is also featured on the San Francisco Chronicle By Richard Ross There is a growing problem of girls and law enforcement. The problem is not the violent catastrophic deaths that have captured the news. It is the slower escalation in how we treat the girls — no less life threatening and just as destructive. This is […] February 26, 2015
  • Call Me Mandi An edited version of this text is featured on The Marshall Project By Richard Ross Just north of the city of San Francisco, across the bay at the tip of the Marin County, stands San Quentin, California Men’s Prison. The crenelated castle-like towers remind you it was built when Abraham Lincoln was still President. It is […] February 5, 2015
  • [VIDEO] Richard Ross on Current TV’s The War Room Earlier this week, in response to his project documenting 24 hours in solitary confinement, Richard Ross was interviewed on Current TV’s The War Room. Watch the interview below, and be sure to sign the ACLU petition to ban juvenile solitary confinement.  June 14, 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