News on Solitary

JUNE 2017

Syracuse, NY: Settlement Agreement Will Force County to Stop Using Solitary for Kids, June 2017

Wisconsin: Federal Judge Says Isolation at Youth Facilities Is Unconstitutional, Orders Changes, June 2017

North Carolina Votes to Raise the Age of Jurisdiction to 18, Effective 2019, June 2017

The Connecticut Houses Passes Law to Limit Youth Solitary, June 2017

MAY 2017

Colorado Passes Major Juvenile Justice Reform Bill to Transform State Agency Practices, May 2017 Denver Post

U.S. House Passes JJDPA Reauthorization Bill, May 2017 (read Press Release from Comm. on Education & Workforce)

Indiana Detention Center Sued for Putting 11 Year-Old in Solitary, May 2017

North Carolina Bill to Raise the Age Passes in House, May 2017

New Report on New Zealand’s Use of Solitary Confinement, May 2017

APRIL 2017

Op-ed by Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators Director: We Can Help You Stop Solitary, April 2017

Philadelphia Still Putting Kids in Solitary for Weeks in Adult Jails, April 2017

Frontline Releases Documentary on How Maine Reduced Solitary in Adult Facilities, April 2017

Motion for Injunction Filed in Wisconsin Lawsuit Over Youth Solitary, April 2017

New Mexico Governor Vetoes Bipartisan Law to Limit Solitary for Kids, April 2017

Nevada Introduces Law to Restrict Solitary for Youth, April 2017

South Carolina Report Calls for Reforms to Solitary & Poor Conditions in DJJ Facilities, April 2017

Vera Releases Report on North Carolina’s Use of Segregation, April 2017

Washington, DC Passes Legislation Limiting Solitary, April 2017

New York State Raises the Age of Jurisdiction to 18, April 2017

Vibe Magazine Covers Stop Solitary for Kids and Strategies for Reform, April 2017

NYC Mayor Vows to Close Rikers, April 2017 (read NYT article)

NYC Commission’s Report on Rikers Recommends Criminal Justice Reforms & Closing Rikers, April 2017

MARCH 2017

New JJDPA Reauthorization Law Introduced – Includes Language on Isolation, March 2017

North Carolina Introduces Bill to Raise the Age, March 2017 (read HB 280)

Washington State: County Sued for Keeping Kids in Solitary Confinement March 2017

Tennessee Judge Grants Injunction to Stop Solitary for Kids in Rutherford County, March 2017

Connecticut Introduces Law to Limit Solitary, March 2017

North Carolina ACLU Report Finds Kids in Solitary in Charlotte Jails in Horrible Conditions, March 2017

Colorado Report Finds Solitary and Other Abuses in Juvenile Facilities Despite Legislation, March 2017 (Read about The Wrap)

FEBRUARY 2017

Canada’s College of Family Physicians Takes Positions Against Solitary, February 2017

New York Federal Judge Orders Syracuse to Stop Putting Kids in Solitary, February 2017

Nevada Report on Solitary Confinement in the Department of Corrections, February 2017

Bipartisan Legislation Introduced in the U.S. Senate and House to End Youth Solitary, MERCY Act, February 2017

JANUARY 2017

The DOJ Files Statement of Interest in Litigation Against Syracuse Jail for Keeping Children in Solitary, January 2017

Wisconsin Juvenile Facilities Sued for Keeping Kids in Solitary Confinement, January 2017

South Carolina Legislative Report Uncovers Solitary & Dangerous Conditions in State DJJ, January 2017

DECEMBER – OCTOBER 2016

North Carolina Jails Holding Youth in Solitary Confinement, December 2016

Virginia Commission Recommends Regulations to End Solitary for Youth, December 2016

New Report from Yale and ASCA Focuses on Potential of Policy Change to Reform Adult Solitary, November 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.

Presidential Proclamation on Youth Justice Awareness Month, October 2016

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.

SEPTEMBER 2016

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.

Federal Legislation Introduced to Limit Solitary – Solitary Confinement Reform Act, September, 2016

California Passes Legislation to Limit Solitary for Youth, September 2016

The NYCLU Sues Syracuse Jail for Keeping Children in Solitary, September 2016

AUGUST 2016

NCJFCJ Adopts Resolution Limiting Solitary Confinement for Youth, Encourages Judges to Act, August 2016

American Correctional Association Committee Approves Standards Limiting Solitary for Minors, August 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.

OJJDP Data Shows Half of Juvenile Detention Centers and Training Schools Use Isolation, August 2016

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.

Abuse & Solitary Confinement Uncovered in Australia’s Juvenile Facilities, August 2016

Video Advocacy Tool – Ending Solitary Confinement & Making Facilities Safer, August 2016

Juvenile Law Center and Stop Solitary for Kids release a powerful new video on the impact of solitary confinement.

JULY 2016

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

DOJ Settlement with Hinds County, Mississippi Limits Segregation of Youth, June 2016

OJJDP Joins Stop Solitary for Kids, Hosts Meeting of Stakeholders, June 2016

North Carolina Policy Limits Solitary for Juveniles in Adult Prisons, New Program, June 2016

Colorado Passes Legislation to Limit Solitary, May 2016

New England Journal of Medicine Perspective, May 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.

Los Angeles County Bans Solitary for Kids, May 2016

6×9: A Virtual Experience 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

Nebraska Passes Legislation Requiring Data on Youth Solitary, April 2016

Virginia Bill Introduced to Limit Solitary Confinement for Youth, January 2016

Nebraska Report Shows Solitary, Inadequate Data in Juvenile Facilities, January 2016

2015

DOJ Findings Letter in Hinds Co., Mississippi Calls For Stop to Youth Solitary, May 2015