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Juvenile detention center photo exhibit coming to Edmond

California photojournalist and professor Richard Ross brings his recent project “Juvenile in Justice” to UCO on Wednesday. Ross will also give a lecture on his work that night.
by Graham Lee Brewer Published: February 12, 2014
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/articleid/3932730/1/pictures/2344745">Photo - A 14 year-old runaway pictured at the Juvenile Detention Center in Tulsa. The photo is part of Richard Ross' "Juvenile in Justice" project. PHOTO BY RICHARD ROSS <strong></strong>
A 14 year-old runaway pictured at the Juvenile Detention Center in Tulsa. The photo is part of Richard Ross' "Juvenile in Justice" project. PHOTO BY RICHARD ROSS

“I want to change the legislative and judicial practice, and I want to frame the issue for the next generation of people coming up to not accept this as a given,” Ross said.

“Why do you have to put children into these institutions to get them the resources that they need? Why aren't there drug counselors, why aren't there mental health counselors in the communities and the schools that they live in? What's the point in taking them away from their families?”

Juvenile detention centers like the ones documented in Ross' project are most often closed off from public view, and the average person is unaware of what life is like for children in the system, said Elizabeth Maier, assistant professor of criminal justice at The University of Central Oklahoma.

“Mr. Ross' work sheds light on an often-overlooked aspect of the American justice system,” Maier said in a news release. “His photographs and future book will provide citizens with an opportunity to see a glimpse on part of the juvenile justice system.”

by Graham Lee Brewer
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Graham Lee Brewer began his career as a journalist covering Oklahoma's vibrant music scene in 2006. After working as a public radio reporter for KGOU and then Oklahoma Watch, where he covered areas such as immigration and drug addiction, he went...
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