Criminal justice reform is an increasingly bipartisan issue, and grassroots efforts to ban juvenile solitary confinement have been underway for years. But if President Barack Obama wants widespread change, he needs state and local correctional institutions to follow his lead.
Contra Costa County Juvenile Hall will stop keeping youths in solitary confinement after settling a 2013 lawsuit that accused the county’s Probation Department of holding minors with mental health issues in prolonged isolation and depriving them of special education services.
“Locked [In],” by poet Gabriel Cortez, depicts the disturbing reality that many youth face in solitary confinement.
Here are some key things to understand about juvenile solitary confinement in the U.S. and the efforts to reform it.
On Sunday’s episode of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” on HBO, the comedian host devoted almost 18 minutes to a segment critiquing the U.S. prison system, including solitary confinement.
Our documentary caps a year of reporting about juveniles inmates held in solitary confinement.
While PBS FRONTLINE’s latest documentary focuses on adult inmates held in isolation, our recent investigation exposes the toll it takes on juveniles.
Considered a model facility, the Santa Cruz County Juvenile Hall still places youth in 23-hour isolation, sometimes for days on end. But amid a national debate over juvenile solitary confinement, Santa Cruz could serve as a guide for reform.
Child psychiatrist Dr. Bruce Perry explains how young prisoners suffer emotionally and physically when placed in isolation.