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Presented by The Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation

Juvenile-in-Justice: Photographs by Richard Ross

September 13 – December 15, 2012
Opening Reception and Lecture by Richard Ross, Thursday, September 13, 5-8pm

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 over 1,000 juveniles and administrators from 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 better understand the conditions that exist. Children’s identities are always protected and faces are never shown.

Juvenile-In-Justice Fact Sheet

  • On any given day, there are approximately 90,000 young people in detention or correctional facilities.
  • In 22 states and the District of Columbia, children as young as 7 can be prosecuted and tried in adult court.
  • The suicide rate is 36x higher for youths held in adult jails than juvenile detention facilities.
  • 73 Juveniles are serving life without parole for crimes they committed when they were 14 or younger.
  • The cost for a typical stay in a juvenile facility is between $66,000 and $88,000 for 9-12 months.
  • The cost in California is much higher, $252,000.
  • The cost for enrollment in a community treatment program for the same duration averages $9,500 or less.

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, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Fulbright, and the Center for Cultural Innovation. Ross was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007 to complete work on Architecture of Authority, a body of work of thought-provoking and unsettling pictures of architectural spaces worldwide that exert power over the individuals confined within them. Aperture Press published Architecture of Authority in 2007, and it was also named one of the best exhibitions of the year by ArtForum.

Ross’s Guggenheim support also helped launch an investigation of the world of juvenile corrections and the architecture encompassing it. This led to Ross’s most recent work, Juvenile-in-Justice. In addition to Roosevelt University’s Gage Gallery, the work will be shown at the Nevada Museum of Art in Fall 2012, University of Paris, Nanterre in Spring 2012 and Ronald Feldman Gallery in New York in 2013. The work was recently featured in a six page photo spread in the October 2011 edition of Harper’s Magazine, as well as on PBS Newshour and NPR.

Ross was the principal photographer for the Getty Conservation Institute and the Getty Museum on many of their architectural projects. In addition to the Getty, he has photographed extensively for the World Monuments Fund, Canadian Center for Architecture, Nike, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Examiner, Vogue, Esquire, la Repubblica, Le Monde, COLORS, Courrier, and many more. 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).

Ross has taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara since 1977.

This exhibition courtesy of Richard Ross,

Juvenile-in-Justice at the Gage Gallery is presented by the Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation and co-sponsored by Roosevelt University’s College of Arts and Sciences.