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 553 signatures
Number Date Name Location
553 4 months ago Yolanda Jackson Grand Prairie, TX
552 1 year ago Robbie Sheehy Turlock, CA
551 1 year 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 1 year ago Denise Tomasini-Joshi Brooklyn , NY
549 1 year ago Linda Krantz Berkeley, CA
548 1 year ago terry molina w palm beach, FL
547 1 year 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 1 year ago Paul Thomas Beaumont, TX
545 1 year ago jen dolan douglaston, NY
544 1 year ago Anonymous los angeles, CA
543 1 year ago Edward Thornton Swarthmore, PA
542 1 year ago Elizabeth Hess Ithaca, NY
541 1 year ago alan epstein mamafroneck, NY
540 1 year ago Dr. Nancy Arvold CA
539 1 year ago Glen Anderson Lacey, WA
538 1 year ago Anonymous lauderhill, FL
537 1 year ago pamela freeman NYC, NY
536 1 year ago Glen Anderson Lacey, WA
535 1 year ago Jorge De Cecco Ukiah, CA
534 1 year ago Linda Gillison missoula, MT
533 1 year ago A.L. Steiner Cornwallville, NY
532 1 year ago M.B. Hardy Raleigh, NC No better way for hell to pay than to abuse the young.
531 1 year ago Christopher Rudd
530 1 year ago Fred Koster New York, NY
529 1 year ago Nora Collins-Mandeville Glen Ellyn, IL
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