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.
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. His report on van Zant helped lead to legislation raising the age of criminal responsibility in New York to 18.
For the Village Voice, his reporting revealed 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 report.
For Gothamist, his report disclosing that Bronx Community College had busts of Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson on its campus as part of "The Hall of Fame for Great Americans" lead to the busts removal.
JB Nicholas was incarcerated from November 1990 until July 2003. He is currently at work on a memoir.