Tuesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

“Juvenile in Justice” Photo Project Captures Kids Behind Bars, CBSnews.com

Photographer Richard Ross captured images of over 1,000 juvenile inmates housed in over 200 detention centers and correctional facilities throughout the U.S. and Canada. According to his website, the “Juvenile in Justice” project explores the “treatment of American juveniles housed by law in facilities that treat, confine, punish, assist and, occasionally, harm them.”

“The hope is that by seeing these images, people will have a better understanding of the conditions that exist,” he writes on his website.

The following images contain excerpts from interviews conducted by Ross with several young inmates. The photos were shot between 2005 and 2012. The “Juvenile in Justice” exhibit premiered at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, Nev., in August 2012. A companion book is available now. In this photo, a 12-year-old inmate is seen here in a detention center located in Biloxi, Mississippi.

News from the National Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Coalition, The East Harlem Journal

The National Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Coalition (NJJDPC) released ‚ÄúPromoting Safe Communities: Recommendations to the Obama Administration‚ÄĚ calling on the Administration to restore an effective system of juvenile justice for our youth by focusing on the following five priority areas:

1. Restore Federal Leadership in Juvenile Justice Policy;

2. Support and Prioritize Prevention, Early Intervention, and Diversion Strategies;

3. Ensure Safety and Fairness for Court-Involved Youth;

4. Remove Youth from the Adult Criminal Justice System;

5. Support Youth Reentry.


Lisa Steffek

About Lisa Steffek

Lisa Steffek is a third year student at the University of Houston Law Center. Lisa completed her Bachelors, Masters and Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Texas in Human Development and Family Sciences. As an undergraduate, Lisa worked as a research assistant studying child attachment. Lisa also worked for several years at The Settlement Home, a residential treatment center for emotionally disturbed adolescent females. Most of the girls at The Settlement Home had been removed from their homes by Child Protective Services, and Lisa worked with the girls to teach them life-skills and provided psychological treatment to prepare them for adulthood and the transition to foster homes. Lisa also worked for six years in various academic capacities at the University of Texas, including an undergraduate teaching assistant, graduate research assistant, and undergraduate writing consultant. Lisa has presented papers regarding human development at various academic conferences in the states and abroad, and has had her writing published in an international, academic journal.

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