Want to check out the latest developments on ending youth solitary from around the country? Click here to read “Latest Developments.”


Click here to see key developments by state or county. The vast majority of kids are locked up in county and state facilities, so most reforms will happen in state and local laws, litigation, and changes to facility practice. This page is updated weekly, but we know it does not include all developments in all, Read More


After a lawsuit filed by the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County and the Human Rights Defense Center, the Palm Beach County Jail agreed to a settlement that significantly limit isolation for youth in H.C. v. PBSO (2018). Click here to read more about the settlement and see legal documents in the case.

The announcement of the Stop Solitary for Kids initiative at the National Press Club in Washington, DC April 19, 2016.

In December 2018, Congress took an important step toward ending youth solitary by passing two important federal laws. The First Step Act (FSA), S.3747, prohibits federal facilities from using solitary as punishment and permits solitary only when youth behavior poses a risk of immediate physical harm and never for longer than three hours. The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency, Read More


Beginning in 2019, the University of New Haven will offer an online course based on the series: “Youth Injustice & the Kalief Browder Story.” The series focuses on systemic issues facing millions of American young people in the criminal and juvenile justice systems: youth in adult prisons, courtroom delay, solitary confinement, jail conditions, corruption, criminalization of, Read More