Los Angeles County, the largest county juvenile justice system in the country, recently voted to end solitary confinement for youth. On May 3, 2016, The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a motion that bans the use of solitary confinement in all the county’s juvenile detention facilities. Click here to read the motion. The ban will permit solitary only as a temporary response when youth behavior poses a serious risk to themselves and others. The ban must be implemented by September. Click here to read more about the ban in LA Witness or the New York Times.
To read about how LA County is using artists and youth to re-purpose the space previously used for solitary confinement, click here.