News Articles & Posts


Scott Walker plans to close troubled Lincoln Hills Youth Prison (Wisconsin State Journal, Jan. 2018)

Governor announces plan to move juveniles from troubled youth prison (WBAY, Jan. 2018)

‘What If This Were Your Kid?’: Young offenders in juvenile detention don’t get the best education. But those held in solitary confinement can go weeks, even months, without any instruction at all (The Atlantic, Dec. 2017)

Netflix’s Kalief Browder Documentary Available (Radio Times, September 2017)

Wisconsin Federal judge gives class status to juvenile inmates in Lincoln Hills lawsuit (Journal Sentinel, September 2017)

New Study Finds That LGBTQ Youth & Those With Disabilities Suffer Most Under Solitary Confinement (The Root, September 2017)

Ending Solitary for Juveniles: A Goal Grows Closer (Marshall Project August 2017)

This prison causes heart attacks, blindness and mental illness (The Guardian, August 2017). Nebraska sued over solitary and abuses.

Wisconsin Lawmaker Proposes Study of Alternatives to Solitary (WI Public Radio, August 2017)

Pedro Hernandez Is Rikers Island’s New Kalief Browder (NY Daily News, July 2017)

Judge says Wisconsin youth prisons overuse pepper spray (AP News, June 2017)

North Carolina Last State to Raise the Age for Adult Court for Juveniles (JJIE, June 2017)

27 teens kept in solitary confinement on average every day at Lincoln Hills (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, June 2017)

I Was a Kid in Solitary Confinement (Alyssa B. in the Annie E. Casey Blog, June 2017)

The Connecticut Houses Passes Law to Limit Youth Solitary, June 2017

States Show Some Progress 2 Years After Kalief Browder’s Death (Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, June 2017)

Remembering Kalief Browder: The State Of Youth In Adult Jails And Prisons Two-Years After Kalief Browder’s Death (CFYJ Blog & Huff Post, June 2017)

Solitary Confinement is Widespread and Ineffective (The East Bay Times & Sentencing Project, June 2017)

Life in The Hole: Solitary Confinement is a Cauldron Meant to Destroy (The Hill, May 2017) Two young advocates share their experiences in solitary confinement as youth

ICE Detainee Commits Suicide in Solitary Confinement in Georgia (Atlanta News, May 2017)

Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Nate Balis: Fixing youth corrections in Colorado starts by reducing its use (Colorado Statesman, May 2017)

Colorado DYC Will Stop Using “Wrap” by July 2018 (Denver Post, April 2017)

Lawsuit Alleges Solitary Confinement at JJC Violated 11 Year-Old’s Rights (Indiana WSBT, May 2017)

We Can Help You Reduce Use of Solitary in Your Juvenile Facility (JJIE, April 2017) CJCA Director Mike Dempsey

Managing Solitude (Corrections Today) CJCA Director Mike Dempsey

Reducing Solitary Confinement: One Cell At a Time (PBS Frontline, April 2017)

Why Can’t Philadelphia Stop Holding Kids in Solitary Confinement? (, April, 2017)

Out of Time: The System Failed Kalief Browder, But It Doesn’t Have to Fail Others (Vibe, April 2017) Interview with leaders of Stop Solitary for Kids.

Mayor Backs Plans to Close Rikers and Open Jails Elsewhere (New York Times, April 2017)

Buried Alive: Stories From Inside Solitary Confinement, (GQ, March 2017)

JJDPA Reauthorization Back in The House (Chronicle of Social Change, March 2017) Includes language on isolation

Invest in Education Instead of Incarceration: Voices (USA Today, March 2017). A youth advocate’s own experience in solitary confinement.

Multiple articles released about the documentary series TIME: The Kalief Browder Story, produced by Jay-Z. Click here to read more about Kalief and the series.

The Impressive Top-to-Bottom Makeover of the Massachusetts Juvenile Justice System (Nation Swell 2017)

Movement to End Juvenile Solitary Gains Ground But Hundreds of Kids Remain in Isolation (Solitary Watch, January 2017)

U.S. Justice Department Files Brief to Address Solitary Confinement of Juvenile Offenders in New York (Department of Justice Press Release, January 2017)


Mecklenburg County (North Carolina) Jailers Hold Some Teens in Solitary Confinement. Critics Call That Torture (Charlotte Observer, December 2016)

North Carolina NAACP: Stop Putting Kids in Solitary Confinement (Charlotte Observer, December 2016)

Want Safer Youth Detention Centers? Hold Fewer in Solitary, Some States Say (Charlotte Observer, December 2016)

Deconstructing Flaws In Important New Report On Solitary Confinement by Yale-ASCA (Shadow Proof, November 2016)

Who Is In Solitary Confinement? (The Marshall Project, November 2016): discusses the 2016 Yale-ASCA Report on the use of solitary in the U.S. and possible policy reforms

United Nations Special Rapporteur Ends Six Year Term Interview with Juan Méndez – (ACLU News, November 2016)  Part 1 and Part 2.

NPR – Inside Lewisburg Prison: A Choice Between A Violent Cellmate Or Shackles (All Things Considered, October 2016) also published by The Marshall Project

Venida Browder, Mother of Kalief Browder Dies of a Broken Heart at Age 63 (Huffington Post, October 2016)

Stop Solitary for Kids: The Movement Grows (Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, October 2016)

Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, the Weinstein Company, and Spike TV Air Announce Series Addressing Solitary, Kalief Browder (October 2016). View articles from multiple news outlets.

Meet Nils Melzer, the Next UN Special Rapporteur on Torture (Assoc. for the Prevention of Torture, September 2016)

Thinking Outside the Box: How a Prison Manager Changed His Mind About Solitary Confinement (Northeastern Law School, Summer 2016)

OJJDP Data Snapshot Released, Includes Use of Isolation, (OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book, Data Snapshot, August, 2016)

The Torment of Solitary Confinement (Video) (The Atlantic, August 2016)

‘Abu Graihb’ for youths: Juvenile Offenders abused for 6 years in Australian prison, report claims (Washington Post, August 2016)

Kids in Solitary in Philly Jails: It Was the Worst Time of My Life (Philadelphia Inquirer, August 2016)

Ending the Use of Isolation in Youth Detention and Correctional Facilities (CJCA Newsletter, July 2016; also printed in the Justice Policy Blog, August, 2016)

Australia Promises Inquiry After Video Shows Abuse in Juvenile Detention (New York Times, July 2016)

Australia’s Shame (Four Corners, July 2016)

Get Juveniles Out of Rikers Island (New York Times Editorial Board, July 21, 2016)

Kalief Browder Learned How to Commit Suicide on Rikers (The New Yorker, June 2, 2016)

OJJDP Joins National Campaign To End Solitary Confinement of Youth (OJJDP News, May/June 2016)

What I Really Want for Father’s Day: Stop Solitary for Kids (Huffington Post, June 2016, Marc Schindler)

Restrictive Housing for Juveniles: Punitive, Not Rehabilitative, (National Commission on Correctional Healthcare, Correct Care, Spring 2016)

Casey Supports National Campaign to Stop Solitary for Kids (Annie E. Casey Foundation, May 2016)

Solitary Torture (Sojourners Magazine, May 2016, Daniel Mendoza)

Ex-Corrections Chief Calls For Ending Solitary For Youth (The Crime Report, May 2016, Ned Loughran)

Juvenile Corrections Director: End Youth Solitary Confinement (Indianapolis Star, May 2016, Chris Blessinger)

Ohio Leads the Way Against Juvenile Solitary Confinement (Circleville Herald, May 2016)

6×9: A Virtual Experience of Solitary Confinement (The Guardian, May 2016)

Stop Solitary for Kids (Huffington Post, April 2016, Vincent Schiraldi & Mark Soler)

Solitary Confinement of Juveniles Disproportionately Impacts LGBTQ Youth (Human Rights Watch, April 2016)

The Short and Long Game on Ending Juvenile Solitary (Chronicle of Social Change, April 2016, Marc Schindler)

Abandon Outdated Practice of Juvenile Seclusion: Ohio Director Harvey J. Reed (Cleveland Plain Dealer, April 2016, Harvey Reed). To read more about Ohio’s efforts to reduce solitary, click here.

It’s Time to End Juvenile Solitary Confinement, Once and For All (Guardian, April 2016, Cory Booker)

Ohio Implements Path to Safer Facilities (Corrections Today, Sept-Oct. 2015, Director of Ohio Department of Youth Services)

Closing the Door on Solitary Confinement (National Conference of State Legislatures, April 2016)

OJJDP Plans to Help States Eliminate Use of Solitary Confinement for Juveniles (JJIE, April 2016)

Solitary Confinement Is What Destroyed My Son, Grieving Mom of Kalief Browder Says (National Public Radio, April 2016)

Stop Solitary for Kids Aims to Build on State, Federal Momentum (JJIE, April 2016)

Stop Solitary for Kids (JJIE, April 2016)

Recent Wins in Juvenile Justice Provide New Advocacy Opportunities (Child Law Practice, March 2016)

Reginald Dwayne Betts: Only Once I Thought About Suicide (Yale Law Journal, January 2016)

Ban on Solitary for Juveniles in Federal Prison Could Ignite State Reforms (JJIE, January 2016)

2015 and Earlier

Stop Solitary for Kids: A National Campaign for Change (JJIE, December 2015)

Cruel and All-Too-Usual: A Terrifying Glimpse Into Life in Prison—As a Kid (Huffington Post, July 2015)

Justice Kennedy Denounces Solitary Confinement (The Atlantic, June 2015)

What We Don’t Know About Kalief Browder and Solitary Confinement in the U.S. (Washington Post, June 2015)

John Legend: New York Failed Kalief Browder (Vulture, June 2015)

Kalief Browder, 1993-2015 (New York Times, June 2015)

This Is What Happens When We Lock Children in Solitary Confinement (Mother Jones, January 2015)

Before the Law (New York Times, October 2014, on Kalief Browder)

Solitary to End for Youngest at Rikers Island (New York Times, September 2014)

How Solitary Confinement Hurts the Teenage Brain (The Atlantic, June 2014)

Growing Number of States Moving Away From Solitary Confinement (JJIE, 2014)

Questioning Solitary Confinement for Adolescents at Rikers (PBS Newshour, February 2014)

My Night in Solitary (New York Times, February 2014)

The Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, Rick Raemisch, spent a night in solitary confinement. He became an advocate for ending solitary.