This photo essay and introduction focus on people in California prisons who were sentenced to decades in prison for crimes committed as juveniles. The United States is the only country in the world to sentence juveniles to life in prison. A majority of juveniles sentenced to life serve their time in just five states, California among them. While many breakthroughs are still needed, California has begun to right the wrongs it has committed against the state’s most vulnerable population.
Juvenile in Justice: Introduction by Danielle Moss
Richard Ross is a photographer and photojournalist who has taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara, for nearly four decades. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines such as the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Time magazine, The New Yorker, and Vogue.
Danielle Moss is a sociology major at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is a fundraiser and volunteer for the Harold Robinson Foundation, which funds a sleep-away camp for elementary and middle school students from Watts and neighboring South LA communities.
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Richard Ross; Juvenile in Justice: Introduction by Danielle Moss. Boom 1 June 2016; 6 (2): 74–87. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2016.6.2.74
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