Wisconsin Sued for Keeping Kids in Solitary

Wisconsin Keeps Kids in Solitary Confinement – Federal Judge Agrees Practice Is Unconstitutional

In 2017, the Juvenile Law Center (JLC) and the ACLU of Wisconsin filed a federal class action lawsuit against Wisconsin officials for subjecting kids to solitary confinement, pepper spray, and other abusive practices at the Lincoln Hills School for Boys and the Copper Lake School for Girls. On June 23, 2017, a federal judge in Wisconsin granted the plaintiffs motion for injunction and found that the use of solitary confinement, pepper spray and restraints at two juvenile facilities in Wisconsin violate youths’ constitutional rights under the Fourteenth Amendment. The court ordered the parties to propose the terms of a preliminary injunction to end the inhumane conditions and practices within two weeks…”  Specifically, the judge said that the facilities’ use of solitary caused “acute, immediate, and enduring harm” to young people. The Wisconsin court now joins the Northern District of New York as the second recent U.S. District Court to make this finding.

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