The Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA) is a partner in the Stop Solitary for Kids campaign. CJCA is a national non-profit organization representing the youth correctional CEOs in 50 states, Puerto Rico and major metropolitan counties. CJCA works to improve local juvenile correctional services, programs and practices; to provide national leadership and leadership development for those responsible for the systems; provides educational programs; and conducts research and technical assistance projects. CJCA has taken an active role in reducing the use of isolation in youth facilities.
NOT IN ISOLATION REPORT: How to Reduce Room Confinement While Increasing Safety in Youth Facilities (2019)
This report prepared in partnership with CJCA and CCLP provides concrete examples of how four jurisdictions reduced room confinement without compromising the safety of staff or youth. Read more here.
Read a Fact Sheet on the report for administrators and staff.
CJCA TOOLKIT: Reducing the Use of Isolation (2015)
Prepared by the Council of Juvenile Correction Administrators (CJCA) with support from OJJDP through the Center for Coordinated Assistance to the States, the Toolkit presents an overview of the use of isolation in juvenile facilities. It also includes a summary of the research on the negative impacts of isolation and guidance for reducing the use of isolation. Click here to read the Toolkit.
- Reducing Isolation in Youth Facilities: Strategies & Lessons Learned, May 2015
- Reducing Isolation in Facilities: Working With Your Most Challenging Youth, Sept. 2016
- Reducing Isolation in Youth Facilities: Strategies & Lessons Learned, Feb. 2017
- Reducing Isolation in Youth Facilities: Strategies & Lessons Learned, Feb. 2018 (also presentation)
- Applying Positive Youth Development (PYD) Strategies to Reduce the Use of Isolation and Ensure Youth Safety, June 5, 2018 (slides also available)
- Reducing Isolation in Youth Facilities: Strategies for Working With Your Most Challenging Youth, Sept. 25, 2018 (slides also available)
CJCA Issue Briefs on Isolation
This issue brief on the use of isolation chronicles the effort and results of the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators training and technical support to specific jurisdictions through OJJDP and Center for Coordinated Assistance to States.
Sustaining the Gains: Alternative Tools to Isolation, June 2016: This brief offers agency administrators tangible alternative tools to the use of isolation.
Performance-based Standards is a program developed by the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators for the Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. It is a voluntary program, with more than 200 participating facilities across 36 states. PbS collects data on the use of isolation and sets best practice standards for the field. Under PbS Standards, isolating or confining a youth to his/her room should be used only to protect the youth from harming himself or others and if used, should be brief and supervised.” Isolation should not be used as punishment.
CJCA Blog Posts
Read the CJCA Blog Post on Reducing Room Confinement While Increasing Safety in Facilities (June 2019)
Read the CJCA Executive Director’s blog about CJCA’s efforts to reduce the use of isolation in the CJCA Newsletter (July 2016).