Juvenile In Justice

Dear WPSU, thank you so much for pointing out this video to me.  Photographer and researcher Richard Ross visited juvenile justice centers across our country to take photographs. Simple enough.  But oh so powerful.

Ross tells the stories of the voiceless.  Stories about the outrageous reasons they are there (e.g. stealing a bagel).  Stories about the more and deeper outrageous reason they are there (e.g. they have been sexually and physically abused, their parents are locked up). 
There are also heartbreaking videos. See e.g. this one about a kid in solitary confinement. Which, unsurprisingly, causes kids to kill themselves.  Yes, we as a “civilized” society put CHILDREN in solitary confinement.

We also impose gang injunctions on 6th graders.
You can look up the juvenile hall in your jurisdiction to see if he visited it here.
Here are upcoming and current exhibitions and lectures.

Finally, you can support him and me (disclosure: I get 4% ($1.20 if you buy via this link) by buying his book:

More info:

email: info@juvenile-in-justice.com
phone: 805-893-7205
twitter: @juvenileinjust

JJC has MANY plans to post about juvenile (in)justice issues including defenses of the day to use in juvenile court that are based on due process and the equal protection clause. I am still in the research phase though.  So, look out for them in the near future.

Published by Jenny Brandt

About Me: sociology, african american studies, chicano/a studies, critical race studies, and criminal law scholar. public school kid from kindergarten-J.D. Former public defender. I am a post-conviction guru. Appeals. Sentencing. Withdraw Pleas. Habeas. Published author in the Criminal Law Bulletin and California Defender. "I do it for the joy it brings, because I'm a joyful girl, because the world owes me nothing, and we owe each other the world." Why I started JJC: My PD buddy suggested it. What and who JJC is inspired by: public defenders I have worked for, with, and next to. my clients who have battled things no one should and are still here. innocence and guilt and everything in between. My coworkers, who fight just as hard as the PDs I love, for many of the same reasons. My husband who was once voted "most Christ like" (every Jewish girl's dream). My Corgi who loves everyone. The constitution. Tabloids. My mom, for giving me a voice. My dad, for teaching me what to say. My brother, for teaching me how to say it.

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