After partnering with the ACLU to petition the Attorney General back in April 2015, we have finally won the fight against solitary confinement for juveniles. On January 25, 2016, President Obama announced a ban on solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prisons. Additionally, the President outlined a series of executive actions, one of which dictates that the maximum amount of time a prisoner can be punished with solitary confinement for a first offense is 60 days, rather than the current maximum of 365 days. Obama's move to ban solitary for juveniles will hopefully lead to even greater restrictions on solitary confinement for the larger prison population.
The fight for justice is not easy, but this gives us proof that the work being done for criminal justice reform is valuable and does not go unnoticed. Just this past April, we held a number of 7x9 demonstrations to bring awareness to the issue of the increasing number of youth placed in solitary confinement. We would like to thank advocates at the ACLU and around the country for their tireless work with the campaign to end solitary.