JB Nicholas is an independent journalist based in New York City.
Since 2006, his photojournalism has appeared in scores of print, online and broadcast publications around the world, including Paris Match, the New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Time, Vanity Fair, Italian Vogue, the Guardian, Le Monde, Newsweek, New York Magazine, People, In Touch, the New York Daily News, the New York Post, Newsday, the Village Voice, the Villager, the Daily Freeman, the Daily Beast.com, TMZ.com, the Daily Mail, Narratively.com and Gothamist.com, as well ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN, among others.
In 2016, he focused his attention on reporting and investigative journalism. Among other things, he detailed, for the Daily Beast, the stories of two mentally-ill New York State prisoners who were, in essence, killed by the New York State prison system.
One of them, Benjamin van Zant, was 17 when he was sentenced as a first-time offender to 4-to-12 years in adult prison, where he was abused by prisoners and guards alike, and deprived of the medication required to keep him stable, sane, and alive. His report was credited by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo when he signed legislation raising the age of criminal responsibility in New York to 18.
He also revealed, in the Village Voice, that New York City was building a $1 billion new jail on Rikers Island -- work on the new jail was halted after the appearance of his story.
JB Nicholas was incarcerated from November 1990 until July 2003. He is currently at work on a memoir.