Wisconsin Sued for Keeping Kids in Solitary
Litigation Filed Against Wisconsin for Keeping Kids in Solitary Confinement
In 2017, the Juvenile Law Center (JLC) and the Wisconsin ACLU filed a federal class action lawsuit against Wisconsin officials for subjecting kids to solitary confinement, mace, and other abusive practices. The suit, J.J. v. Litscher, was filed on behalf of youth confined in the Lincoln Hills School for Boys and the Copper Lake School for Girls, which have been under investigation by federal and state officials since late 2015. Despite changes in leadership, the facilities still regularly subject kids to solitary confinement, mechanical restraints, and pepper spray. According to the complaint, 15 to 20% percent the residents are confined in seven by ten-foot solitary confinement cells for 22 or 23 hours per day. The ACLU and JLC argue that the practices at the Wisconsin facilities violate the children’s constitutional rights and must be stopped.
In April 2017, JLC and the ACLU of Wisconsin filed a motion seeking injunctive relief and an amended complaint in their case, arguing that 15-20% of youth in the two state facilities are in solitary at any time. Read the ACLU’s press release here.
Read a young person’s account of solitary confinement at Lincoln Hills.
Read the press release, social media toolkit, and other information, click here.