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North Dakota Prison Officials Think Outside The Box To Revamp Solitary Confinement – NPR

There are slightly more than 2 million people incarcerated in the United States — that's nearly equal to the entire population of Houston. Among those prisoners, thousands serve time in solitary confinement, isolated in small often windowless…
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Mentally Ill South Florida Man Starved to Death in Prison, Lawsuit Alleges – The Miami New Times

When Vincent Gaines was sentenced to five years in prison on robbery charges in June 2013, state officials recommended he be placed in a mental-health unit because he had regular visual and auditory hallucinations. So Gaines was transferred…
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Mentally Ill Inmates Suffering Needlessly in Broward Jails, Report Says – The South Florida Sun Sentinel

Broward County inmates with serious mental illnesses are suffering needlessly, sometimes without treatment, in inhumane conditions, a report released Thursday said. Deficient staffing, cursory assessments and prolonged stays in solitary confinement…
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Behind Bars, Mentally Ill Inmates Are Often Punished for Their Symptoms – NPR

By some accounts, nearly half of America's incarcerated population is mentally ill — and journalist Alisa Roth argues that most aren't getting the treatment they need. Read more.
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Florida Sheriff Sued for Jailing Teen Suspects in Solitary – The New York Times

A civil rights group filed suit Thursday against a Florida sheriff and school district, claiming that juvenile suspects are unjustly kept in solitary confinement without cause and denied a proper education as they await trial as adults. The…
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FREE Webinar: Reducing Isolation In Youth Facilities: Applying Positive Youth Development Strategies to Reduce the Use of Isolation and Ensure Youth Safety – June 5 at 1:00 PM

This webinar will focus on preventing isolation by using a PYD framework, including developing and fostering healthy staff-to-youth relationships. The webinar objectives include: To understand the basic tenets of Positive Youth Development …
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Mental Illness or Brain Injury? Driven by Voices to Commit Crime, Titus Young is in Prison but Still Believes He Could Play in the NFL – The Los Angeles Times

This piece from The Los Angeles Times details the rise and fall of Titus Young, a former player from the NFL. Some experts say Young suffers from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, while others say his behavior is caused by  chronic traumatic…
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Florida OKs $4.5 Million Payout for Brutal Prison Shower Death of Darren Rainey – The Miami Herald

The State of Florida has approved a $4.5 million settlement to the family of Darren Rainey, a severely mentally ill inmate who was incarcerated at Dade Correctional Institution in Florida City. For two hours, Rainey was allegedly locked in…
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Juvenile Law Center Releases New Report on Solitary Confinement in Juvenile Facilities

Last week, the Juvenile Law Center released its new report, Unlocking Youth: Legal Strategies to End Solitary Confinement in Juvenile Facilities. The report was able to make a number of findings: The use of solitary confinement in juvenile…
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Briefing: Ending Solitary Confinement in Juvenile Facilities – August 2, 2:00 PM

Tomorrow, the Juvenile Law Center will be livestreaming a Congressional briefing on its latest report, Unlocking Youth: Legal Strategies to End Solitary Confinement in Juvenile Facilities. The video can be seen on JLC's Facebook page.