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.
In a blow to the New York City Department of Correction, federal investigators sharply criticized jail officials for using extreme violence and excessive solitary confinement against adolescent inmates at the city’s massive East River complex.
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.
This graphic novel tells the story of Ismael “Izzy” Nazario and the time he spent as a teen in solitary confinement in New York City’s Rikers Island jail. This story is based on an investigation by The Center for Investigative Reporting and was created using transcripts from interviews with Nazario.
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.
At New York’s Rikers Island jail, hundreds of minors spend long stretches locked in solitary confinement, despite evidence that it can lead to mental illness and suicide.