The Edmond Sun

February 3, 2014

‘Juvenile in Justice’ photographer, exhibit to visit Central Oklahoma


Special to The Sun

EDMOND — The University of Central Oklahoma will present California photographer, researcher and University of California, Santa Barbara professor Richard Ross for a reception and lecture on his “Juvenile in Justice” series at 6 p.m. Feb. 12 in Communications Building Room 120. A reception will be in the foyer outside the room with Ross’ lecture following at 6:30 p.m.

Selections from “Juvenile in Justice” will be on display throughout the Communications Building, including Central’s Woody Gaddis Gallery, from Feb. 12 to March 12.

The gallery, in Room 104 of the Communications Building, is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Ross’ work focuses on the placement and treatment of American juveniles housed in correctional facilities. He has spent more than seven years working on the project, which features photographs of more than 1,000 youths and administrators in more than 200 juvenile detention and commitment facilities in 31 states, including Oklahoma’s Tulsa Detention Center and the now-closed Lloyd E. Rader Diagnostic and Evaluation Center in Sand Springs.

“The area of juvenile justice is closed off to the public in most states and therefore the average citizen is unaware of how many juveniles are in the system and what life is like for them,” said Elizabeth Maier, assistant professor of criminal justice at Central.

“Mr. Ross’ work sheds light on an often-overlooked aspect of the American justice system.

His photographs and future book will provide citizens with an opportunity to see a glimpse on part of the juvenile justice system.”

Ross’ hope is that the project, which has been supported by grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Center for Cultural Innovation, will allow viewers to better understand juvenile offenders, the conditions in which they live and ultimately produce reform in the U.S.’s youth justice system.  

The event is a collaboration between Central’s School of Criminal Justice, Department of Mass Communication and the College of Liberal Arts. For more information, contact Maier at emaier@uco.edu           or visit www.                            juvenile-in-justice.com.