End Youth Solitary Confinement: It's Psychological Torture

About the Petition

Youths in solitary confinement are sometimes denied the right to see their families or communicate with others. They suffer terrible psychological and physical effects such as hallucinations, mental outbursts and depression.

In 2011, approximately 95,000 young people were imprisoned at adult jails and penitentiaries in the United States. James Stewart, a 17-year-old from Denver, was charged as an adult and sent to an adult prison. The best protection guards found for James was solitary confinement —  it is also where he committed suicide. 

Young people under the age of 18 have different needs than adult prisoners. They are vulnerable and certain practices often stunt or damage them developmentally. Efforts must be made to ensure they receive treatment and protection.

Stand with organizations like the ACLU in demanding a ban on youth solitary confinement! 

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To: Attorney General Holder

Youth imprisoned under the age of 18 are sometimes held in solitary confinement for weeks or months at a time. Forcing young people to survive this traumatic experience can cause mental and physical health problems.

Oftentimes juveniles are expected to meet certain social, psychological and rehabilitative goals to move forward and ready themselves for life after prison. Being held in solitary confinement commonly derails their rehabilitation.

I stand with the ACLU in advocating for a ban on youth solitary confinement in the United States.


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