New Report: Not In Isolation

NOT IN ISOLATION: How to Reduce Room Confinement While Increasing Safety in Youth Facilities

May 2019


Why: Growing National Consensus to Limit Room Confinement

nil-image-2States across the country are moving away from putting youth in room confinement. Organizations for correctional professionals — like the American Correctional Association, the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators, and the National Partnership for Juvenile Services — are embracing the change. However, there is no road map for implementing safe and lasting limits on room confinement. It’s a challenging task for any facility. We regularly receive requests for information about examples of places that reduced room confinement, and details about how they did it. We decided to create a report to capture that information in one place. Read more about the report in Corrections Today.


What: A Practical Resource Toolkit for Facility Leaders & Staff

nil-image-1Not In Isolation is a practical guide to help juvenile facilities reduce room confinement by “telling the stories” of how four jurisdictions did it.

This report goes beyond just outlining successful strategies. We use real examples to show what putting those strategies in practice looks like.

Not In Isolation outlines these sites’ process and outcomes using narrative, concrete examples, and staff’s own words.


How: From Isolation to Connection

We worked with one juvenile detention facility and three state agencies, spent time inside their facilities, and interviewed dozens of administrators and staff.

Not In Isolation is based on the premise that room confinement is enmeshed in manyfactors-in-solitary-graphic other areas of facility operations, including staff safety. To reduce room confinement, facilities need to make big changes. Those don’t happen overnight, but the rewards are significant. We heard directly from staff that reducing room confinement ultimately helped improve safety for youth and staff.

None of the featured sites are perfect “models.” Their work to reduce room confinement isn’t finished. However, these jurisdictions use promising strategies to reduce room confinement. We hope that administrators, staff, advocates, and other stakeholders will benefit from the insights and lessons learned from their experiences.


When & Where: Not In Isolation will be available at no cost online in mid-May 2019.

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