Human Rights Watch & ACLU condemn solitary confinement for youth

The American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch have published a report called “Growing Up Locked Down: Youth in Solitary Confinement in Jails and Prisons Across the United States“, condemning the use of solitary confinement in any case against young people.

According to the ACLU, “The isolation of solitary confinement causes anguish, provokes serious mental and physical health problems, and works against rehabilitation for teenagers.”

Ian Kysel, a fellow with the ACLU and HRW and author of the report said that the use of solitary confinement for young people is utterly ineffective: “No one believes that locking a teenager in a closet is an effective way to improve either their behavior or their character, much less to protect them long term.”

Along with the written report, the ACLU and HRW released a video about young people’s experience in solitary confinement (above).

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