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.