With little fanfare, veteran juvenile justice reform activist and consultant Paul Demuro circulated a white paper arguing for the abolition of isolation as a form of punishment in juvenile corrections facilities.
Everyone who works in or manages a secure unit should share the same value system/thinking regarding the use of isolation; namely that the use of isolation causes more harm than good and, therefore, the use of and the duration of room confinement/isolation should be limited to the absolute minimum degree possible.
- Small-size living units
- Ability to remove punitive line staff and train/reward good line staff
- Day plans that reflect a busy, active schedule for juveniles
- Mental health services