News Articles & Posts


MARCH 2017

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.


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

Interview with Juan Méndez – United Nations Special Rapporteur Ends Six Year Term (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)

JULY 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)

JUNE 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)

MAY 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)

APRIL 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)


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

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.