Solitary Confinement for Juveniles?

I recognize that this is not business ethics related but I teach criminal justice courses and this falls under the category of teaching. Please bear will me as I will occasionally write about these subjects. jp

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The idea behind juvenile justice is that young people who are not yet mature make poor choices and given the opportunity will change their behavior. Solitary confinement is not the kind of punishment that should be used on a regular basis in dealing with juveniles. It is very punitive and very damaging. In the case of Ohio, the federal government is insisting on changes to their policy. The feds are absolutely correct. We should not treat young people in a way that can damage them permanently nor should we use it on the mentally ill.

James Pilant

Ohio agrees to reform, eventually eliminate juvenile solitary confinement | Al Jazeera America

The Department of Justice on Monday announced it had reached an agreement with Ohio under which the state will dramatically reduce and eventually eliminate the use of solitary confinement for juveniles — with an emphasis on those with mental illness — in a move some advocates said would have “enormously important implications” for the rest of the country.

Under the deal, Ohio’s Department of Youth Services, which deals with offenders ages 10 to 21, will significantly reduce the duration of solitary confinement and the scenarios in which the punishment would be allowed, according to the DOJ. The state will also increase therapeutic, educational and recreational services for juveniles held in seclusion.

“Overreliance on solitary confinement for young people, particularly those with disabilities, is unsafe and counterproductive,” Attorney General Eric Holder said. “The Justice Department will continue to evaluate the use of solitary confinement so that it does not become a new normal for incarcerated juveniles.”

In essence, the agreement means Ohio would need to provide mental health treatment to young people in its facilities and not use solitary confinement, which involves placing an incarcerated person by themselves with no human contact other than prison staff — usually used as form of discipline, punishment or protection — as a replacement for treatment.

Some of the juveniles in the Ohio detention centers were allegedly held in solitary confinement for up to 23 hours per day, often with no human interaction at all, according to the DOJ.

via Ohio agrees to reform, eventually eliminate juvenile solitary confinement | Al Jazeera America.

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Double charged: The true cost of juvenile justice

The process of charging a youth with a crime involves trials, probation hearings, and now the negotiation of a long catalog of fines and fees that get tacked on for things like staffing, clothing, health care – even a fee for the investigation following the arrest, which is upheld whether the youth is exonerated or not. The charges amount to an average of close to $2,000.  Juvenile offenders are charged for each day they must wear a GPS ankle-device – one accessory no teen wants to wear. And it’s usually on for longer than expected: nearly half of young people who are electronically monitored end up violating probation, and extending their GPS time or going to juvenile hall.