Solitary confinement – also known as isolation or room confinement – has life altering effects on kids. Today, the Stop Solitary for Kids campaign is releasing Not in Isolation: How to Reduce Room Confinement While Increasing Safety in Youth Facilities highlighting specific examples and lesson learned from four jurisdictions: Colorado, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Memphis, TN. This first-of-its-kind report, Read More


Want to check out the latest developments on ending youth solitary from around the country? Click here to read “Latest Developments.”


Click here to see key developments by state or county. The vast majority of kids are locked up in county and state facilities, so most reforms will happen in state and local laws, litigation, and changes to facility practice. This page is updated weekly, but we know it does not include all developments in all, Read More

The announcement of the Stop Solitary for Kids initiative at the National Press Club in Washington, DC April 19, 2016.

In December 2018, Congress took an important step toward ending youth solitary by passing two important federal laws. The First Step Act (FSA), S.3747, prohibits federal facilities from using solitary as punishment and permits solitary only when youth behavior poses a risk of immediate physical harm and never for longer than three hours. The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency, Read More


Beginning in 2019, the University of New Haven offers an online course based on the series: “Youth Injustice & the Kalief Browder Story.” Created by the University, the Tow Youth Justice Institute, and CCLP, the 3-credit hour course is now available at both the undergraduate and Master’s level. Students from any college or university can join, Read More