Juvenile-in-Justice is a project to document the placement and treatment of American juveniles housed by law in facilities that treat, confine, punish, assist and, occasionally, harm them.
Winner of the 2012 Best News and Documentary Photography Award from the American Society of Magazine Editors for a selection published in Harper’s Magazine, the photographs in Juvenile-in- Justice open our eyes to the world of the incarceration of American youth. The entire project includes images of more than 1,000 juveniles and administrators from 200 facilities in 31 states, plus extensive information collected from interviews. The hope is that by seeing these images, people will better understand the conditions that exist. Children’s identities are always protected, and faces are never shown.
Richard Ross is a photographer, researcher and professor of art based in Santa Barbara, California. Ross has been the recipient of grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. A dozen books of his work have been published, including Architecture of Authority (Aperture, 2007), Waiting for the End of the World (Princeton Architectural Press, 2005), Gathering Light (University of New Mexico, 2001) and Museology (Aperture, 1988).