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August 03, 2017

Unlocking Youth: New Report on Ending Youth Solitary

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Yesterday, Juvenile Law Center released a new report on solitary confinement in juvenile facilities and legal strategies to end the practice nationwide. Juvenile Law Center surveyed public defenders and interviewed youth, their families, and correctional facility administrators to shed light the reality of youth solitary confinement.

More and more people agree that solitary confinement hurts kids and goes against the rehabilitative goals of the juvenile justice system. However, Juvenile Law Center’s research revealed that solitary is still too common. Almost half of youth prisons report isolating kids to control their behavior. More than two-thirds of public defenders responding to the survey reported having clients who spent time in solitary. The conditions kids face in solitary are truly appalling: no mattresses or sheets to sleep on, no showers, no eating utensils, and no mental health treatment.

Tags:Ending Solitary Confinement|Juvenile and Criminal Justice
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June 23, 2017

Wisconsin Judge Condemns Solitary Confinement

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Today in Wisconsin, Western District Judge Peterson found that the use of solitary confinement, pepper spray and restraints at two juvenile facilities violate kids’ constitutional rights under the Fourteenth Amendment. We originally filed the lawsuit in January on behalf of boys and girls held in Lincoln Hills School for Boys and Copper Lake School for Girls.

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June 22, 2017

Stop Solitary Confinement of Kids in Wisconsin - Now!

posted by Juvenile Law Center

As you read this, we are in court with ACLU of Wisconsin in Madison’s Western District Court. Back in January, we filed a class action civil rights lawsuit against state officials’ use of solitary confinement, shackling and pepper spray against youth in two facilities – Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake.

We soon discovered the harm in this case was so severe that the boys and girls incarcerated at these two facilities needed immediate relief as the case progressed.

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May 15, 2017

Celebrating Gault, But Still Fighting

posted by Susan Mangold, Executive Director

Today is the 50th Anniversary of In Re Gault, the U.S. Supreme Court case that granted children the right to counsel and other key due process protections when facing delinquency charges in juvenile court. Fifty years later, full implementation of the decision remains uneven, but its promise still guides our advocacy as we continue to work to ensure that kids are treated fairly by our justice system.

Tags:Access to Counsel|Cost of Justice|Ending Solitary Confinement|Juvenile and Criminal Justice
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July 08, 2016

Kids in the "Box”: Solitary Confinement Is Just Government-Sanctioned Child Abuse

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Every day, children across the U.S. are held in solitary confinement in juvenile and adult correctional facilities. They are confined to a small cell for 22 to 24 hours a day and are often held in total isolation for weeks or even months at a time. Children in solitary are regularly denied education, counseling, and other services they need for healthy growth and development. You can learn more about solitary confinement of our youth and experience the size and feel of a solitary cell as part of an installation at the Free Library of Philadelphia beginning July 21st.

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