Each week in 2016, this site revealed a new portrait and story about a Richmonder whose life is shaped in some way by the justice system.
On Friday, February 3, 2017, Richmond Justice launched an exhibit at UR Downtown that remained on-display through March 24. Richmond Justice then became the inaugural exhibit in the Justice Gallery at the John Marshall House, featured from June 2017 through May 2018.
Richmond Justice grew from years of making media about incarceration that helped us to appreciate at least two essential facts: The number of people touched by the justice system is far greater than folks tend to imagine, and stories about institutions and individuals shaping one another through crime and punishment are too profound to go untold. When we think about people affected by the justice system, we are—more often than one might expect—thinking about our neighbors. To care for them requires first that we understand them, through their own words.
In a gallery talk at UR Downtown on March 16, Richmond Justice co-director Lance Warren offered these reflections on a year of discovering the city through the justice system (click here for a transcript):
Richmond Times-Dispatch, "Project seeks more expansive portrait of justice in Richmond," by Michael Paul Williams, February 10, 2017
RVAMag, "Richmond Justice highlights those impacted by the local justice system with new UR Downtown exhibit," by Kathy Mendes, February 9, 2017
NPR affiliate WCVE, "University of Richmond Downtown to Open Exhibition on 'Richmond Justice,'" by Charles Fishburne, February 1, 2017
Richmond Times-Dispatch, "Richmond Mayoral Hopefuls Debate City's Criminal Justice System," by Robert Zullo, October 14, 2016.
Richmond Magazine, "You've Got Justice: A Yearlong Project in Storytelling Yields Diverse Perspectives," by Jackie Kruszewski, September 27, 2016