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Black Minnesotans Tell UN Panel of Harms Committed by Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Authorities

Black residents of Minnesota gave powerful testimony to a UN panel today on the harrowing practice of placing children in solitary confinement.

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$1 Million to Fund New Phase of Fight Against Solitary Confinement for Youth

Image courtesy of the Stop Solitary for Kids Campaign
A nearly $1 million charitable contribution to the national campaign to end the use of solitary confinement on youth in adult and juvenile detention will enable backers to launch several new approaches to that effort.

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Cuomo Administration’s New Solitary Rules Might Keep New York Minors in Isolation

Pictured is the solitary confinement prison cell at Hudson Correctional Facility where a mentally ill minor was allegedly held for months on end. (Obtaind by Daily News)
This story was published in partnership with the New York Daily News.

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A Complete Breakdown of America’s New Juvenile Justice Law

At long last, federal law on a key juvenile justice policy has been dusted off. On December 21, the day the government shut down, President Trump signed into law the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2018, an update to the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA), which was passed in 1974.


Los Angeles Probation Leaders Battle Over Treatment of Incarcerated Youth

At a recent meeting of the Los Angeles County Probation Commission, tensions about how the county is implementing an alternative to solitary confinement in local juvenile detention centers boiled over during the questioning of a senior member of the Probation Department.


Report Outlines Strategies to Do Away With “Life in the Box” for Probation Youth

A new report from the Juvenile Law Center highlights the harms of solitary confinement on youth in juvenile lock-up facilities and presents recommendations to end the practice. In Unlocking Youth: Legal Strategies to End Solitary Confinement in Juvenile Facilities, Jessica Feierman, Karen U.

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    Vera Institute Adds Five States to Solitary Reduction Initiative

    The Vera Institute of Justice, using a $2.2 million matching grant from the Justice Department, is working with five state corrections departments on reducing the use of solitary confinement of prisoners, a strategy that is disproportionately employed on young wards.


    Young People Deserve a Second Chance

    In California, young people increasingly are being treated as adults by the justice system. I was one of them. When I was 14, my friends and I got into a fight with a man in my hometown of Watsonville, California.


    California Restricts Use of Solitary Confinement Practices at Juvenile Facilities

    California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation yesterday that will restrict the use of solitary confinement in juvenile facilities in the state, capping a lengthy legislative effort by advocates to curb the practice.