Center on Sentencing and Corrections

Unlocking Youth

Legal Strategies to End Solitary Confinement in Juvenile Facilities

Unlocking Youth

Juvenile Law Center. Unlocking Youth: Legal Strategies to End Solitary Confinement in Juvenile Facilities. August, 2017.


Despite a growing consensus that solitary confinement harms youth and undermines the rehabilitative goals of the juvenile justice system, the practice remains all too common. At the same time, the field lacks sufficient information on the prevalence of the practice, the alternatives, and the perspectives of affected youth and families. This report uses surveys of public defenders, conversations with youth and families, interviews with correctional administrators, and legal and psychological research to fill these gaps and set forth recommendations for reform.  



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Keywords: disciplinary segregation, administrative segregation, restrictive housing, restricted housing, segregation, segregated housing, isolation, torture, discrimination, segregated housing and mental health, young adults