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Juvenile In Justice: End Solitary Confinement

July 21, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Philadelphia NAACP are proud supporting partners of this event! This event is free and open to the public.

InLiquid, Juvenile Law Center, and photographer Richard Ross, are collaborating on a multi-site exhibition of Ross’ photographs, audio recordings of detained youth, and a replica of a solitary confinement cell. Satellite venues and partners include Eastern State Penitentiary, U-Penn Law, and the African American Museum in Philadelphia, with the main exhibit to open at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Parkway Central Library just prior to the Democratic National Convention. The joined consortium will host an opening reception and panel discussion for Juvenile In Justice: End Solitary Confinement.

The exhibit at the Free Library of Philadelphia Parkway Central Branch will run July 21st –  September 4th. Richard Ross’ photographs, detained youth audio recordings, and a life size replica of a solitary confinement cell will be exhibited on the 2nd Floor in the Gallery Space. Visitors will have the opportunity to step inside an 8′ x 8′ enclosure artistically reinterpreted by a local youth organization for a glimpse of what life is like for youth inside a solitary confinement cell. Physical youth detention items, including shackles, uniforms, shoes etc, will be on display in cases at the Free Library.

For the last 8 years, artist Richard Ross has toured the country photographing and capturing audio of youth in detention centers. The art, photos, and audio will help set the atmosphere of the event and used as pointers to engage in a tough but timely important discussion on banning these policies which deeply affects youth, sometimes permanently.

This event is free and open to the public. During the talk, panelists will discuss the existence of Solitary Confinement of Youth and the need for this institution to end permanently in many states across the United States.

Confirmed Panelists Include: photographer Richard Ross; Johnny Perez, Urban Justice Center Mental Health Project; Juvenile Law Center Deputy Director and Chief Counsel, Marsha Levick; and more to be announced.


July 21, 2016
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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