Wired has posted a set of photos by Richard Ross highlighting the  harsh reality of life in juvenile detention centers  — locations where about 60,000 kids reside each night throughout the U.S. According to the article,

The U.S. locks up children at more than six times the rate of all other developed nations. The over 60,000 average daily juvenile lockups, a figure estimated by the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF), are also disproportionately young people of color. With an average cost of $80,000 per year to lock up a child, the U.S. spends more than $5 billion annually on youth detention.

A 12-year-old boy in a detention center in Biloxi, Mississippi, that is operated by a private security firm; in 1982, 27 inmates died in a fire there, leading to lawsuits that reduced the inmate population:

A 16-year-old in isolation receiving his meal through a slot in the door in South Bend, Indiana:

A time-out room in South Bend:

A restraint chair for self-harming kids in Madison, Wisconsin:

School in Greenville, Mississippi; the kids can’t take books to their cells:

Passing time in the intake room in Downey, CA:

A boy in room confinement and under suicide watch in Elko, Nevada:

There are more images at Wired, and you can read more about the project, Juvenile-in-Justice, including a schedule of shows, at Ross’s website. His photos also appear in the Annie E. Casey Foundation report No Place for Kids.

You might also want to check out our previous posts on treatment of prisoners during Hurricane Katrina and overcrowding in California prisons.

And thanks to Karl for the tip about the article!

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