This law—approved by the governor in April 2020—ends the use of segregation in juvenile facilities—defined as involuntary separation from the youth population outside of a youth’s normal living area, for punitive purposes. It limits placement in “total isolation” and “room confinement” to no more than 4 hours in any 24 hours—with some exceptions. The law requires facilities to document any use of isolation or room confinement. The department must also implement a system of graduated interventions to divert youth from segregation and use less restrictive forms of confinement to regulate the behavior of juveniles. Chapter 333 also establishes data reporting requirements for the department to the legislature about those housed in restrictive units. The law is effective on June 11, 2020.
Keywords: juveniles, youth, young adults, punitive segregation, disciplinary segregation.