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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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  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