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.
You can look up the juvenile hall in your jurisdiction to see if he visited it 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:
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.