LA County considers end to solitary confinement for juveniles

by Christian Brown | Kpcc.org
May 03, 2016

juvenile hall lacountyThe Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will decide today whether or not it should permanently ban solitary confinement for minors at county juvenile halls and camps.

The step comes five months after President Barack Obama issued a similar mandate – banning federal prisons from putting young offenders in solitary confinement, which is shown in studies to cause psychological damage and lead to higher recidivism rates.

Officials and former inmates agree that healthier tactics could produce better outcomes for young people imprisoned in the largest juvenile justice system in the U.S.

“It’s like they lock up a little puppy, and it comes out a pitbull,” said Eddie Flores, 20, who spent two months at Central Juvenile Hall in Los Angeles four years ago.

Read more here:http://www.scpr.org/news/2016/05/03/60221/la-county-moves-to-end-solitary-confinement-for-ju/

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