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Juvenile in Justice by Richard Ross

juvenile$29.95, 192 pages, Photography

A visual display of captioned photos showing young people incarcerated throughout America.



NY Times

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This book features over 150 pictures of young people incarcerated in America.  For a variety of reasons and in cities across the country, these youth find themselves locked up.  Ross’ book of photography involved over 5 years of visiting youth facilities.  While there, he captured the images, interviewed the youth depicted and wrote a small bit about what led them to their present circumstances.

What a sad and sobering look at young people imprisoned and incarcerated.  For many, they have simply been abandoned and given up for the system to deal with.  For others, they are accused of serious crimes at such a young age.  As I turned the pages, looked through the pictures and read the captions, I could not help but wonder what horror these young people may have already experienced in their young lives.

Appeal Factors: Thought-Provoking, Disturbing, Moving, Visual

Read-alikes for this book include:  Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys by Victor Rios and Born, Not Raised: Voices from Juvenile Hall by Susan Madden Lankford

Recipient of American Library Association’s 2013 Alex Awards
Winner of the 2012 Best News and Documentary Photography Award from the American Society of Magazine Editors

CBS News Coverage

I selected this book after seeing it featured in a discussion board post in this class.  The post listed the 2013 Alex Award Winners selected by the American Library Association.  Working with medium and maximum security offenders in a correctional facility, I was especially interested in the book.

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