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Federal Lawsuit Seeks to Ban Solitary Confinement for Florida Children in Juvenile Detention

More than 4,300 Florida children in juvenile detention centers spent time in solitary confinement over a 12-month period through June 2018, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. That is almost one in three of all children serving…
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Solitary Confinement: Legal and Scientific Issues for Children and Young Adults

Scientific research continues to document the impact of solitary confinement on the developing brains of children and young adults. Such confinement can occasion irreversible, even fatal outcomes while producing no consistently positive effects…
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FREE Webinar: Solitary Confinement: Legal and Scientific Issues for Children and Young Adults

Scientific research continues to document the impact of solitary confinement on the developing brains of children and young adults. Such confinement can occasion irreversible, even fatal outcomes while producing no consistently positive effects…
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Not in Isolation: How to Reduce Room Confinement While Increasing Safety in Youth Facilities

In 2016, the Center for Children’s Law and Policy, Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators, Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University, and Justice Policy Institute launched the Stop Solitary for Kids campaign. The…
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Palm Beach County to End Solitary Confinement for Teens in Adult Jails

Palm Beach County is eliminating solitary confinement for juveniles in adult jails. The change comes after Palm Beach County's Sheriff's Office reached a settlement in a federal lawsuit that alleged the practice violated the civil rights…
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Sheriff to End Solitary Confinement for Teens at Palm Beach County Jail Under Settlement

Young offenders called it “the box.” It’s where their world at the Palm Beach County jail shrank to a 6-by-12 foot cell — for months. In solitary confinement, no music was allowed. No television. No human contact. Read more.
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A Boy Among Men: What Happens When You Throw a Teenager into an Adult Prison? Guess.

Three years ago, the young man who would later be known as John Doe 1 shuffled into the Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility in Ionia, Michigan. The town of 11,000 residents, which sits in the remote center of the state, houses five prisons,…
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Reducing Isolation in Youth Facilities: Strategies for Working With Your Most Challenging Youth

Last month, the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA) hosted a webinar on how to reduce the use of solitary confinement in youth correctional facilities.   Presentation Slides CJCA Toolkit for Reducing the Use of Isolation     Photo…
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Florida Sheriff Sued for Jailing Teen Suspects in Solitary - The New York Times

A civil rights group filed suit Thursday against a Florida sheriff and school district, claiming that juvenile suspects are unjustly kept in solitary confinement without cause and denied a proper education as they await trial as adults. The…
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Reducing Isolation In Youth Facilities: Applying Positive Youth Development Strategies to Reduce the Use of Isolation and Ensure Youth Safety

This webinar focused on preventing isolation by using a PYD framework, including developing and fostering healthy staff-to-youth relationships. The webinar objectives include: To understand the basic tenets of Positive Youth Development …
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FREE Webinar: Reducing Isolation In Youth Facilities: Applying Positive Youth Development Strategies to Reduce the Use of Isolation and Ensure Youth Safety - June 5 at 1:00 PM

This webinar will focus on preventing isolation by using a PYD framework, including developing and fostering healthy staff-to-youth relationships. The webinar objectives include: To understand the basic tenets of Positive Youth Development …
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Juvenile Law Center Releases New Report on Solitary Confinement in Juvenile Facilities

Last week, the Juvenile Law Center released its new report, Unlocking Youth: Legal Strategies to End Solitary Confinement in Juvenile Facilities. The report was able to make a number of findings: The use of solitary confinement in juvenile…