Litigation: Abuse and Solitary at Shenandoah Valley Youth Facility Immigrant children as young as 14-years-old who were housed at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center in Staunton, Virginia say they physically abused and locked in solitary confinement for long periods of time, often without blankets or clothing.  The youth’s claims are part of a federal civil rights, Read More


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.


Wisconsin Keeps Kids in Solitary Confinement – Federal Judge Issues Injunction to Stop Practice In 2017, the Juvenile Law Center (JLC) and the ACLU of Wisconsin filed a federal class action lawsuit against Wisconsin officials for subjecting kids to solitary confinement, pepper spray, and other abusive practices at the Lincoln Hills School for Boys and the Copper Lake School, Read More


GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY SUED FOR REPEATEDLY KEEPING KIDS IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington has brought a lawsuit against Grays Harbor County, alleging that16-year old M.D. was held in solitary confinement multiple times totaling 75 days, almost always as punishment for “bad behavior.” Read the complaint. Between 2013 and 2016, M.D. was repeatedly held, Read More


NEW YORK CITY COMMISSION’S REPORT SAY CLOSE RIKERS, MAYOR AGREES On March 31, 2017, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio pledged to close Rikers Island, the infamous jail where Kalief Browder was incarcerated for three years, and convert New York City’s prison system into a several smaller, local jails. TIME: The Kalief Browder, Read More

To find out more about Kalief’s story and the TIME series, click here. ARTICLES ABOUT KALIEF Queens Prosecutor: Kalief Browder’s Suicide Wasn’t About Rikers (The Appeal, Sept. 2018). This article documents push back against prosecutor’s statement about Kalief. Kalief Browder’s Brother is Running for Mayor of New York City (Huff Post, June 2017) ‘Time: The Kalief, Read More

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Jay Z, Harvey Weinstein, and Spike TV Highlight Need to Stop Solitary for Kids with Documentary Series TIME: The Kalief Browder Story premiered on Spike TV on March 1, 2017 and aired every Wednesday at 10:00 PM ET through April 5, 2017  This documentary series follows the life of Kalief Browder, a sixteen year old arrested in, Read More


On February 22, 2017, U.S. District Court Judge David Hurd granted a preliminary injunction to stop the Onondaga Justice Center in Syracuse, New York from putting 16 and 17-year olds in solitary confinement pending the result of litigation in the V.W. et al. v. Conway et al case. The case is a class action lawsuit brought by several, Read More

Your tax-deductible contribution will helps us end the solitary confinement of youth in juvenile and adult facilities. The Stop Solitary for Kids campaign supports reforms by: Connecting agency and facility administrators with peers who have successfully reduced solitary; Providing information to legislative committees on the harms of solitary and the alternatives to its use; Educating the, Read More