NEBRASKA FACING FEDERAL LAWSUIT FOR SOLITARY & OTHER ABUSES
In August 2017, the ACLU of Nebraska, the ACLU National Prison Project, Nebraska Appleseed, the National Association of the Deaf, and several law firms sued the Nebraska Department of Corrections (NDOC), claiming that the NDOC subjects youth, adults, and those with disabilities to dangerous conditions. This includes putting children in extended isolation and five point restraints at the Nebraska Correctional Youth Facility (NCYF).
Read the ACLU Press Release
Read the Complaint in Sabata v. Nebraska
NEBRASKA PASSES LAW REQUIRING DATA ON YOUTH SOLITARY
In January 2016, the ACLU of Nebraska’s report, “Growing Up Locked Down,” found that juveniles are kept in isolation for up to 90 days in some facilities, while other facilities don’t even know how often or how long juveniles are deprived of contact with other people. In response to the report, Nebraska passed legislation that went into effect on July 21, 2016. The law requires all facilities that house youth to gather and report detailed data on all instances of room confinement that exceed one hour. Facilities must submit quarterly reports to the Legislature and the Inspector General of Child Welfare must review this data and prepare annual reports to the legislature.