Juvenile In Justice Photography Exhibit & Community Events: Oct. 23 – Nov. 20

Juvenile in Justice-poster-final-page-001The Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights, the Joan Mitchell Center, and our community co-sponsors are proud to bring the Juvenile-in-Justice exhibition to New Orleans as part of National Youth Justice Awareness Month.

Created by acclaimed photographer and advocate for juvenile justice reform Richard Ross, Juvenile-in-Justice documents the experiences of children in prisons around the nation through powerful photographs and personal narratives. The traveling exhibit brings viewers into spaces normally hidden from view to tell the stories of the most vulnerable members of our society.

Juvenile In Justice is a call to action, and it’s coming to New Orleans at a critical time,” says LCCR Executive Director Josh Perry. “Some of Ross’ most heartbreaking photographs of imprisoned children were taken right here in New Orleans. We can take common-sense steps right now to help these children – including, most urgently, removing all children under 18 from the Orleans Parish Prison.”

Viewers will be invited to sign a petition urging City Council to take steps to remove children from the adult jail, often cited as one of the worst in the country.

Juvenile-in-Justice is sponsored by a diverse group of community organizations and local universities that are working toward a better future for New Orleans’ youth. Sponsors will hold events in the exhibition space – from trainings to speakers’ series – in order to broaden awareness around issues of juvenile justice and youth development in New Orleans.

One co-sponsor, the Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies at UNO, is working with area high school students to create art that reimagines a world without prisons, a selection of which will be included in the exhibition. “The LCCR project and Richard Ross exhibit,” explains Professor Ben Weber, “provides the perfect opportunity for young people to respond creatively to an issue that directly affects them while also helping us older folks to imagine possibilities for a different future.” 

Curated by Gia M. Hamilton of the Joan Mitchell Center, Juvenile-in-Justice will be on view from October 23rd to November 20th in the Myrtle Banks Building on historic Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. For more information and a list of events, please visit the Facebook page or contact Renée Slajda at rslajda@laccr.org.

Co-sponsors of the exhibit are:

The Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights
The Joan Mitchell Center
African & African Diaspora Studies, Tulane University
Alembic Community Development
Amistad Research Center
Baptist Community Ministries
The Center for Restorative Approaches
Creative Alliance of New Orleans
Division of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Xavier University
Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children
Innocence Project New Orleans
Institute of Women & Ethnic Studies
Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies, University of New Orleans
Orleans Parish Place Matters
Reconcile New Orleans
The Southern Poverty Law Center
Urban League of Greater New Orleans
Women With A Vision