Solitary Confinement Banned for Juveniles Held in Federal Prisons

Solitary Confinement Banned for Juveniles Held in Federal Prisons

January 26, 2016 | by Juliet Eilperin | The Washington Post

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Citing the overuse and potentially devastating psychological consequences of solitary confinement, President Obama announced a ban on the practice for juveniles held in federal prisons. The ban is part of a series of recommendations from the Department of Justice regarding federal prison reform that Obama announced he is adopting. These include banning solitary confinement for adults who have committed low-level infractions and expanding treatment for mentally ill inmates. 

Citing the overuse and potentially devastating psychological consequences of solitary confinement, President Obama announced a ban on the practice for juveniles held in federal prisons. The ban is part of a series of recommendations from the Department of Justice regarding federal prison reform that Obama announced he is adopting. These include banning solitary confinement for adults who have committed low-level infractions and expanding treatment for mentally ill inmates.