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Photographer Richard Ross captured images of over 1,000 juvenile inmates housed in over 200 detention centers and correctional facilities throughout the U.S. and Canada. According to his website, the "Juvenile in Justice" project explores the "treatment of American juveniles housed by law in facilities that treat, confine, punish, assist and, occasionally, harm them."
"The hope is that by seeing these images, people will have a better understanding of the conditions that exist," he writes on his website.
The following images contain excerpts from interviews conducted by Ross with several young inmates. The photos were shot between 2005 and 2012. The "Juvenile in Justice" exhibit premiered at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, Nev., in August 2012. A companion book is available now. In this photo, a 12-year-old inmate is seen here in a detention center located in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Author: Edecio Martinez
Credit: Richard Ross/Juvenile-in-Justice.com