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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553 1 year ago Yolanda Jackson Grand Prairie, TX
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