LA County to End Solitary Confinement of Juveniles

May 03, 2016

LOS ANGELES ( — The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to end the practice of solitary confinement at its three juvenile halls and 13 camps. Supervisors Hilda Solis and Sheila Kuehl proposed the change, citing multiple studies concluding that the practice is both ineffective and harmful. “Solitary confinement does not really do any good in the long run,” Solis said. One widely-cited 2014 study by the University of North Carolina School of Law, in conjunction with the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, found that solitary confinement was a “cruel, inhuman, and degrading form of punishment that is — or at the very least approximates — torture.

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