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A Look at Life Inside Youth Jails

As the U.S. debates criminal justice reform, few outsiders have entered the world of youth in custody. Richard Ross, a California-based documentary photographer, has done so.

Equal Voice News is sharing some of his images and the stories he has collected over the years. The Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights calls the photographs a “glimpse into the hidden world of juvenile incarceration.”

The Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights and other organizations are sponsoring an exhibit of his Ross’ photographs in New Orleans through November.

“Juvenile in Justice is a call to action,” Josh Perry, executive director of the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights, said in a statement. “Some of Ross’ most heartbreaking photographs of imprisoned children were taken right here in New Orleans. We can take common-sense steps right now to help these children – including, most urgently, removing all children under 18 from Orelans Parish Prison.”

At the Oct. 22 opening of the exhibit, the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights, a nonprofit law center, released its report, “Keep Children Out of Orleans Parish Prison.” As part of the exhibit, community organizations and universities are holding public talks and other events to raise awareness about juvenile justice and youth development in New Orleans.

Ross’ images will be on exhibit at CANO’s Creative Space in the Myrtle Banks Building at 1307 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. in New Orleans through Nov. 20.

Richard Ross’ photographs are copyright protected. Equal Voice News is publishing them under a licensing agreement. To learn more about each photograph in the gallery, click on either of the small icons on the right and above the text. More of his work can be seen on his website.

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