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Ban Solitary Confinement for Youth Prisoners in State Custody

Ban Solitary Confinement for Youth Prisoners in State Custody

Petition Text

Sign this petition to tell Congress to ban solitary confinement for youth in state custody.

Why is this important?

Thousands of adolescent youth, ages 11 to 18, are being held in solitary confinement in jails and state prisons across the U.S. These youth spend 22 or more hours each day alone, often in a small 8-by-8-feet cell, completely isolated both physically and socially, often for weeks, months, or even years at a time. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, as many as 10,000 youth prisoners are held in isolation in juvenile jails nationwide. For youth being held in isolation in adult facilities, there is no official count.

The ACLU reports that solitary confinement can "cause serious psychological, physical, and developmental harm, resulting in persistent mental health problems, or suicide." Since youth are still developing, the physical and neurological effects are even more detrimental. These risks are magnified for children with disabilities or histories of trauma and abuse.

On Jan 26, 2016, President Obama announced a ban on solitary confinement for juvenile offenders in the federal prison system. He said that the practice is often overused and has the potential for devastating psychological consequences on young people. Although Obama’s ban affected close to 8,000 youth in federal prisons, it had absolutely no impact on those in solitary confinement in state and county facilities. It is up to us to pressure Congress and state prison systems to follow suit!

Reasons for signing

  • The prison system needs to be investigated there need to be a change to this punishment 23 in 1hr out or just alouding prisoners to be put in solitary confinment alone stop it now
  • Solitary confinement for kids? What has happened to our country? This is another disgrace that must be stopped immediately. After all the money and research that has gone into brain function and how to best treat various brain disorders, we have those who continue to behave as if we are in the dark ages. This makes me sick.
  • Please ban solitary for 4


2017-03-07 12:40:23 -0500

1,000 signatures reached

2017-03-07 11:58:18 -0500

500 signatures reached

2017-03-07 11:39:14 -0500

100 signatures reached

2017-03-07 11:36:15 -0500

50 signatures reached

2017-03-07 11:34:06 -0500

25 signatures reached

2017-03-07 11:32:38 -0500

10 signatures reached