5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Tour photo exhibit, reception
6:30 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. Main Event: performance by Free Minds Book Club Ambassador and Keynote Address by Richard Ross
3590 Nebraska Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20016
On any given day, over 45,000 youth are detained in the US juvenile justice system – more than any other nation in the world. Join the Justice Programs Office at American University’s School of Public Affairs along with, The Campaign for Youth Justice and Georgetown Law’s Juvenile Justice Initiative to reflect on the scope and impact of juvenile incarceration.
Justice Through a New Lens: Reframing Youth Incarceration Through Art will explore what can be done to combat the warehousing of our nation’s youth and advance justice reform and will feature:
a striking photographic exhibition of youth in the juvenile justice system and keynote address by artist Richard Ross
poetry from a DC youth incarcerated as an adult
discussion with thought leaders and advocates to examine the issues that plague the system and the pathways toward change
Tour the photo exhibit, join a participatory art exhibit, and chat with justice activists making change on a local level. Light refreshments will be served.
More About the Photo Exhibit and Richard Ross:
“Conceptually, the show is a sobering trip down the dead-end street that is America’s prison system. Visually, it’s as gripping as any art around…”
Holland Cotter, The New York Times
Juvenile in Justice is a unique source for images of the American juvenile justice system. All images and interviews in the project were created by Richard Ross, Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Since discovering that kids as young as ten are entering the system, Ross has dedicated himself to research and documentation of the American juvenile justice system.