By Richard Ross
For the past five years, Richard Ross has interviewed and photographed more than 1,000 juvenile detainees, some as young as eight years old, in more than 350 detention facilities in thirty states. Of the series, Ross states: “In a country that incarcerates one out of every one hundred adults, the juveniles have the least voice and are the smallest victims of a system under stress.”
Pictured: Six youths rest in their cells at midday from a regimen that begins at 5:30 a.m. at the Challenge program, El Paso, Texas, which was formerly a boot camp.
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Richard Ross is a photographer based in Santa Barbara, California. His work will be on view at the Nevada Museum of Art in the fall of 2012. His monograph Architecture of Authority was published by Aperture in 2007.