Pros And Cons Of Solitary Confinement

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When Jacki Murillo entered the juvenile justice system at age 12 she was placed in the innocuously named SHU. SHU, or secure housing unit, is the clever name for solitary confinement. It’s clever because we’re starting to reach a place in our society where we recognize the dangers and inhumanity of solitary confinement, especially for juveniles. However, there is no difference between SHU and solitary confinement. In a SHU, juveniles usually spend 23 hours in a cell. There are two kinds of solitary confinement: administrative and punitive. For example, Jacki was placed in solitary confinement for administrative reasons because California law called for all children under 14 to be removed from and protected from general population. Solitary confinement can also be a punishment. Kalief Browder famously spent 800 days in solitary confinement, mostly as punishment for various infractions. Solitary confinement is not rare for juveniles. Over 33% of juveniles reported spending time in solitary and more than half of those kids reported spending over 24 consecutive hours in solitary. Very recently there has been a movement to eliminate the use of solitary confinement for juveniles. In 2016, President Obama issued a memorandum banning the use of solitary confinement for juveniles in the federal prison system. A bill has been introduced in Congress this year to codify that memorandum into law. Because there are very few ways in which juveniles can interact with the federal criminal
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