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Tell Attorney General Eric Holder: Ban the Solitary Confinement of Youth

Tell Attorney General Eric Holder: Ban the Solitary Confinement of Youth

Every day in the United States, youth under the age of eighteen are held in solitary confinement, a form of punishment in which inmates are placed alone in a cell for 22-24 hours a day with little or no human contact. 

The practice of solitary confinement is associated with high rates of severe mental illness and suicide and the effects are compounded in young people, who are still developing emotionally, psychologically and physically. While the growing use of the practice in our prisons is cruel and unjust for all inmates, the need to end its use among youth is particularly urgent. Sign our open letter in support of a call by the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, the ACLU and numerous other advocacy and religious organizations for Attorney General Eric Holder to ban the practice of holding youth in federal custody in solitary confinement.

 A jail in new Hampshire

A jail in New Hampshire (AP Photo) 

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1-25 of 552 signatures
Number Date Name Location
552 6 months ago robbie sheehy Turlock, CA
551 6 months ago Spencer Harper Atlanta, GA We are a social species. Solitary confinement is cruel and unusual punishment. Those charged with crimes are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty.
550 9 months ago Denise Tomasini-Joshi Brooklyn , NY
549 9 months ago Linda Krantz Berkeley, CA
548 10 months ago terry molina w palm beach, FL
547 10 months ago Anonymous Bay Shore, NY This is totally inhumane. The wealthy have the money to be able to help their loved ones. The working people suffer helplessly to help their loved ones and no one listens. But we suffer too even ...
546 10 months ago Paul Thomas Beaumont, TX
545 10 months ago jen dolan douglaston, NY
544 10 months ago Anonymous los angeles, CA
543 11 months ago Edward Thornton Swarthmore, PA
542 11 months ago Elizabeth Hess Ithaca, NY
541 11 months ago alan epstein mamafroneck, NY
540 11 months ago Dr. Nancy Arvold CA
539 11 months ago Glen Anderson Lacey, WA
538 11 months ago Anonymous lauderhill, FL
537 11 months ago pamela freeman NYC, NY
536 11 months ago Glen Anderson Lacey, WA
535 11 months ago Jorge De Cecco Ukiah, CA
534 11 months ago Linda Gillison Missoula, MT
533 11 months ago a.l. steiner Cornwallville, NY
532 11 months ago M.B. Hardy Raleigh, NC No better way for hell to pay than to abuse the young.
531 11 months ago Christopher Rudd
530 11 months ago Fred Koster New York, NY
529 11 months ago Nora Collins-Mandeville Glen Ellyn, IL
528 11 months ago larry machado las vegas, NV Why do I suspect that the child of a major donor would never face solitary confinement. Only a child of someone with NO_ Money would face this
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