Girls Behind Bars

 

Photo by Richard Ross

Photo by Richard Ross

An increasing number of detained juveniles are girls.  Author and photographer Richard Ross interviewed and photographed over 250 girls detention facilities in his new book, Girls in Justice.  Ross found girls who had suffered horrific abuse, and most were first arrested for running away or for larceny theft.  In the Mother’s Jones article on the book, Ross said

“We confine and often demonize a group of kids who have been abused and violated by the very people who should be protecting and loving them . . . These girls in detention and commitment facilities are further abused by an organized system that can’t recognize or respond to their history and their needs…Is this the only solution we can offer?”

You can find the full Mother Jones article on the book here: http://www.motherjones.com/media/2015/04/richard-ross-photos-girls-justice-juvenile-prisons

The book is available for sale here: http://www.juvenile-in-justice.com/shop/girls-in-justice

 

Lauren Fisher

About Lauren Fisher

Lauren Fisher Flores is a recent graduate of the University of Houston Law Center. Lauren received her B.A. from Hamilton College and her Masters in Early Childhood Studies from the University of Texas at Brownsville. Before entering law school, she worked at the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR) where she provided legal services and "Know Your Rights" to detained immigrant children on the Texas-Mexico border. During law school, she clerked with the Family Law Department of the Mexican Foreign Ministry in Mexico City and the Juvenile Public Defender in Maricopa County.

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