L.A. County Severely Restricts Solitary Confinement for Juveniles
by Abby Sewell and Garrett Therolf
Los Angeles Times
May 3, 2016
Los Angeles County on Tuesday approved sweeping restrictions on the use of solitary confinement for juvenile detainees, joining a larger movement against a practice that some consider cruel and unproductive.
The Board of Supervisors’ action bans solitary confinement at youth camps and halls except “as a temporary response to behavior that poses a serious and immediate risk of physical harm to any person.”
In those cases, the supervisors said, the isolation should be only for a brief “cooling off” period and should be done in consultation with a mental health professional.