President Obama Bans Solitary Confinement for Juveniles

January 26, 2016

On Monday, January 25, 2016, President Obama has announced a ban on solitary confinement for juveniles in the federal prison system. The President wrote an op-ed piece for the Washington Post which outlines the steps he is taking to reform solitary confinement in federal prisons. Solitary confinement can cause extreme psychological and developmental harm. Juveniles in solitary confinement are regularly deprived of services and programs they need to grow into healthy, productive adults.
 
In the 2012 report "Growing Up Locked Down", from the ACLU and Human Rights Watch, the report states "Experts assert that young people are psychologically unable to handle solitary confinement with the resilience of an adult. And, because they are still developing, traumatic experiences like solitary confinement may have a profound effect on their chance to rehabilitate and grow. Solitary confinement can exacerbate, or make more likely, short and long-term mental health problems. The most common deprivation that accompanies solitary confinement, denial of physical exercise, is physically harmful to adolescents’ health and well-being." 
 
Click here to read the entire op-ed piece on the Washington Post.
 
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