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The torment of isolation: Ending juvenile solitary confinement

California’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation agreed to drastically reduce the use of solitary confinement in state prisons. But as prison and human rights advocates celebrated the victory, the legislature put on hold a bill that would have curbed the practice in the state’s juvenile detention facilities. I eventually lost count of my time spent in solitude after 100 days… No child should grow up reliving memories of ‘the box,’ and most importantly, no person should ever end their life believing there is no escaping the torment of isolation.” A formerly incarcerated youth gives testimony to the terrors of solitary, for We’Ced.

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This entry was posted on September 23, 2015 by in Print, WeCed and tagged , , , .

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