Youth Solitary Confinement Continues Despite Ongoing Criticism
Jessica Feierman, a lawyer and youth advocate at Juvenile Law Center, called the practice “unregulated, inhumane, and torture.”
“The courts have stated that this is harmful, cruel and unusual punishment under the eighth amendment and violates the 14th amendment,” said Feierman who hopes states will follow the lead of the federal government, “we want to ensure through court action that every state eliminates solitary confinement.”
Jails hold youth in solitary confinement to keep them away from the general population.
But advocates say rather than protecting them, the facilities are doing more harm than good.