More and more people are talking about the inhumanity of locking young kids up in solitary confinement. It’s a topic that I’ve written about before and will continue to write about because I’ve seen firsthand the abusiveness of this “practice” especially on  mentally disturbed kids.

International groups have criticized the United States for using solitary confinement on the young, calling for this practice to be stopped completely.  Yet the governmental response to the issue has been tepid at best. Its guidelines call for this practice to be used  “cautiously.” Tell that to a fifteen-year-old  who is finishing up his 200th day in total isolation.

John Sutter, a human rights and social change writer for CNN, did a probing story about young offenders and solitary that is worth reading. A strong voice in a debate that shouldn’t even be a debate.

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Comments
  1. Jeff Nguyen says:

    The school-to-prison pipeline and criminalization of children reflects the violent nature of our society. We need more voices for peace in the media.

  2. David Chura says:

    I agree. With such concepts such as “zero tolerance” being promoted more and more, children are being marginalized, deemed “troublemakers” etc., with little thought about developmental issues and other ways to teach kids to deal with problems. The “answer” seems to be suspension or expulsion from school. And down that road is incarceration for too many.

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