On January 17, 2018, British Columbia Supreme Court Justice Peter Leask ruled that the practice of indefinite solitary confinement in Canadian prisons is unconstitutional. Read more here.
After litigation over the use of solitary, King County, Washington banned solitary confinement for youth and requires education and developmentally appropriate practices. Read more here.
The American Correctional Association’s Proposed Changes to Standards on Isolation Read more here on the ACA’s proposed changes to Standards on isolation. FINAL GROUP COMMENT from multiple organizations.
In September, 2016, the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) and the Legal Services of Central New York (LSCNY) sued Onondaga County, NY (Syracuse) for keeping youth in solitary confinement for up to 23 hours a day in the adult jail, often for minor offenses. On June 26, 2017, the Sheriffs Department agreed to, Read More
TIME: The Kalief Browder Story aired on Spike TV in March 1, 2017. The documentary series, produced by Jay-Z and Spike TV, follows the story of Kalief Browder, a sixteen year old arrested in the Bronx for allegedly stealing a backpack. The series, now a 2017 Peabody Documentary Award Winner, and is available on Netflix. Read Full Page Here Kalief Browder, 16, Read More
In 2017, federal legislators introduced three pieces of legislation to ban solitary confinement for youth in federal custody: the MERCY Act, the REDEEM Act, and Kalief’s Law. Both the MERCY Act and the REDEEM Act have broad bipartisan and bicameral support. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and James Lankford (R-OK), joined by Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Read More
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges’ (NCJFCJ) Resolution against solitary restricts isolation to situations when a youth is out of control and poses an immediate risk of harm to self or others, and then only until the youth regains control. This is the same standard that the Stop Solitary for Kids, Read More
The Office of Juvenile Justice is committed to working with states and local jurisdictions to develop policies that limit the use of solitary confinement for youth. Administrator Listenbee spoke at the Stop Solitary for Kids launch event in April 2016 and drafted a blog post on ending solitary confinement. On June 24, 2016, OJJDP hosted the, Read More