2008 - 2012
For the last six years I have photographed and chronicled a world of violence and trauma that punishes the youngest, most fragile level of American society. I have interviewed over 1,000 kids in their cells at over 250 facilities across 31 states in an effort to tell the stories of children with the least voice, from families with the least resources, in communities with the least power. Approximately 70,000 young people are in detention or correctional facilities every day in the United States. Studies have found that perhaps 12% of these children need to be confined for the protection of themselves and society. Juvenile-In-Justice is photographic and visual evidence of a system that discards young lives under the pretense of societal safety.