Article: What Will the Midterms Mean for Solitary Confinement Reform? Nov. 2018
“Reforming Restrictive Housing: The 2018 ASCA-Liman Nationwide Survey of Time-in-Cell, Oct. 2018. A related monograph, Working to Limit Restrictive Housing: Efforts in Four Jurisdictions to Make Changes, details the work of four correctional administrations to limit-and in one state abolish solitary (focuses on adult facilities in CO, ID, OH, and ND). The authors focus on adult facilities and define solitary as 22 hours a day for 15 days or more.
Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor Expresses Deep Concern About Solitary Confinement in Cert Denial, Oct. 2018 (opinion here in Apodaca v. Raemisch and Lowe v. Raemisch)
Maine: Our View: It’s beyond question – the justice system fails kids, June 2018
New Jersey Parents’ Caucus, Torture By Another Name: The Use of Solitary Confinement on Youth and Young Adults in New Jersey Prisons, May 2018
New Jersey Parents’ Caucus Releases Brief on Youth With Mental Disabilities in NJ’s Adult Prisons, May 2018. The brief is entitled “Solitary Confinement of Youth with Mental Health Disabilities in New Jersey’s Adult Prison System.”
Vera Releases Rethinking Restrictive Housing: Lessons from Five U.S. Jail and Prison Systems Report. This report documents Vera’s work with five adult correctional agencies: Nebraska; Oregon; North Carolina; New York City; and Middlesex County, New Jersey, May 2018. See also Fact Sheet and other resources from Vera Safe Alternatives to Segregation.
Settled Lawsuit Over Teen Solitary Costs Syracuse $270,000 in Attorney Fees, May 2018. Read more about the litigation here.
Nebraska Introduces Bill to Sharply Limit Youth Solitary, Jan. 2018. Read Legislative Bill 870 here.
King County (Seattle) Bans Solitary Confinement for Youth, December 2017
Oregon: Solitary and Abusive Conditions Alleged in Wasco County at Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility (NORCOR), December 2017 (read the Report from OR. Disability Rights)
Iowa Sued For Putting Kids in Solitary, November 2017
Pushback Against Limiting Solitary in Illinois, October 2017
TIME: The Kalief Browder Story Available on Netflix, September 2017
The ACA Proposes New Standards on Isolation for Youth, September 2017
Op-ed by Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators Director: We Can Help You Stop Solitary, April 2017
Connecticut Introduces Law to Limit Solitary, March 2017
DECEMBER – OCTOBER 2016
North Carolina Jails Holding Youth in Solitary Confinement, December 2016
A new report from Yale Law School and the Association of State Correctional Administrators reveals the most current national data on who and how many adults are in solitary confinement in the United States. This report follows 3 prior reports released by the Liman Program at Yale and the ASCA in 2013 and 2015.
In this proclamation, President Obama called on the nation to end the solitary confinement for youth, reaffirm our commitment to helping children of every background become successful and engaged citizens, and address racial and ethnic disparities in the youth justice system.
UN Appoints New Special Rapporteur on Torture, September 2016
On September 30, 2016, Nils Melzer was appointed by the UN Human Rights Council as the next UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment. He will take over from Juan Méndez on November 1, 2016. Read a two-part interview with Rapporteur Méndez reflecting on progress made during his six year tenure and his insight about the future of solitary confinement reform: Part 1 and Part 2.
California Passes Legislation to Limit Solitary for Youth, September 2016
The NYCLU Sues Syracuse Jail for Keeping Children in Solitary, September 2016
In August 2016 the American Correctional Association’s Restrictive Housing Standards Committee approved updated standards on the use of solitary confinement. The new standards are now subject to field testing and final approval, a process which could take until late 2017.
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention released a Data Snapshot in August showing that 46% of training schools and 47% of detention centers use isolation to control youth behavior.
Juvenile Law Center and Stop Solitary for Kids release a powerful new video on the impact of solitary confinement.
Juvenile In Justice: End Solitary Confinement, Multi-Site Exhibition, July – September, 2016
Juvenile Law Center collaborated with InLiquid and photographer Richard Ross on this exhibit, a multi-site exhibition of Ross’ photographs, audio recordings of detained youth, and a replica of a solitary confinement cell. The main exhibit at the Free Library of Philadelphia opens July 21 and will run through September 4, 2016. Click here to see a video of a panel discussion at the exhibition opening.
MAY – JUNE 2016
On May 5, 2016, the New England Journal of Medicine published a perspective entitled “Reforming Solitary-Confinement Policy – Heeding a Presidential Call to Action,” calling on the medical community to speak up about the medical importance of significantly limiting our country’s use of solitary confinement.
In May 2016, the Guardian announced 6×9, a virtual reality experience of solitary confinement. Viewers can see and hear a 6-foot by 9-foot cell and listen to seven ex-inmates describe their experience and hear a 24-minute audio documentary.Click here to read more in the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange.
JANUARY – APRIL 2016
Tennessee Sued for Placing Youth in Solitary, April 2016