When juveniles are involved in violent acts — our tendency is to react in fear — and call for swift, harsh punishment. But according to our juvenile justice laws, we are charged with working to rehabilitate youth.
Developments in brain science in the last 30 years reinforce the mission of rehabilitation — that the minds of young people are malleable and primed for continued development and change. Yet, with this mission and what we know, the U.S. still leads the world in incarcerating children.
This weekend, artist Richard Ross brings his photography to Memphis to show what juvenile justice looks like in this country — and his message is stark and unblinking.
Some may be less inclined to worry about inhumane detention conditions when young people are accused of unthinkable acts of violence, but a recent study found that 75% of young people held in detention in the U.S. are kept in these often poor and sometimes abusive conditions … for non-violent offenses.
This Friday, September 19th, Richard Ross will give a lecture about his work at the Art Museum of the University of Memphis. His work will be displayed in Memphis through November. Also on exhibit will be the work of local artist, Penny Dodd, who has interviewed more than 800 Memphis teens — as they give us insight into their young, complicated lives.
Friday, September 19th
5-7pm Opening reception @ the University of Memphis College of Fine Arts
Performance during reception by the latest Music Production workshop of storybooth
and also by the Visible Community Music School
7pm Richard Ross Lecture
Saturday, September 20th
10am – Noon Morning Coffee with the artists
Exhibit will remain open until November 26th, 2014.
Read this article by Richard Ross on the popular political website, The Hill.