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Photo by Richard Ross
Photo by Richard Ross

Presented by The Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation

Photographs by Richard Ross
September 13 - December 15, 2012

View video of opening night presentation by Richard Ross.

Press about the Exhibition
Chicago Tribune—October 3—Exhibit at Roosevelt's Gage Gallery gives unflinching view of a dark problem.
Chicago Tribune —November 7—Pick of the Week.
Chicago Maroon—November 20—Seeing the exhibit will not be a casual or easy affair, but it is a vital one, for it houses a long and affecting history of suffering to which every citizen of this country dearly needs exposure.

About the Exhibition
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.

The entire project includes images of over 1,000 juveniles and administrators over 200 facilities in 31 states in the U.S., plus extensive information collected from interviews. The hope is that by seeing these images, people will have a better understanding of the conditions that exist. Children’s identities are always protected and faces are never shown.
America’s heavy reliance on juvenile incarceration is unique among the developed nations of the world.

Approximately 90,000 young people are in detention or correctional facilities every day in the United States. According to the American Correctional Association, the average cost to incarcerate a juvenile for a 9-12 month period is between $66,000 and $88,000. In California, the cost is $224,712.

Juvenile-in-Justice is the primary source for images of the american juvenile justice system, which are made available to all facilities and non-profits aimed at youth justice system reform– including the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Campaign for Youth Justice, Equal Justice Initiative, Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange. 

Richard Ross has been the principal photographer for the Getty Conservation Institute and the Getty Museum on many of their architectural projects. He has photographed for the World Monuments Fund, Nike, NY Times, LA Times, SF Examiner, Vogue, Esquire, la Repubblica, Le Monde, Courrier, and many others. Ross is currently a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he has taught since 1977.

Co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences.

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