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Across the U.S, children spend days and months in solitary confinement. In 2011, the ACLU found that more than 95,000 children spent time in solitary confinement. In a subsequent report, the ACLU writes, “This bare social and physical existence makes many young people feel doomed and abandoned, or in some cases, suicidal, and can lead to serious physical and emotional consequences.” This video documents Richard Ross' experience of 24 hours in isolation in a juvenile detention facility in the midwest. In this facility, as with many others, every child who comes through the door spends their first 24 hours in isolation. 
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Soooo sad..most of us have no clue what it is like to be in a place where time does not exist
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Liz Ryan of CFYJ on PREA and ending solitary confinement of youth in adult jails:
Governors have an historic opportunity through the Prison Rape Elimination Act to do just that: cfyj_prea_teal-01. From Campaign For Youth Justice's Liz Ryan: This year, governors will need to certify that their states are in compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), ...
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Juvenile In Justice is a project to visualize the American juvenile justice system.
Juvenile In Justice is documents, through photographs and interviews, the placement and treatment of American juveniles housed by law in facilities that treat, confine, punish, assist and, occasionally, harm them.

Approximately 70,000 young people are in detention or correctional facilities every day in the United States.

Juvenile in Justice includes images of over 1,000 juveniles and administrators over 200 facilities in 31 states in the U.S, plus extensive information collected from interviews. The hope is that by seeing these images, people will have a better understanding of the conditions that exist. Children’s identities are always protected and faces are never shown.

Juvenile In Justice has evolved into a multidisciplinary project– including a book with essays by Ira Glass of National Public Radio and Bart Lubow of Annie E. Casey Foundation; a traveling exhibition that has shown at the Nevada Museum of Art, Gage Gallery at Roosevelt University Chicago, Kennesaw State University Art Museum, and Ronald Feldman Gallery in New York; and a lecture that has been delivered to judges, journalists, and advocates.

The project has been generously supported by grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the Center for Cultural Innovation.

Juvenile In Justice is a unique source for images of the American juvenile justice system, which are made available to all institutions and non-profits aimed at youth justice system reform– including the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Campaign for Youth Justice, Equal Justice Initiative, Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange. For inquiries about image use please contact us. 

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