|Administrator Listenbee Joins Launch of Stop Solitary for Kids National Campaign
April 19, 2016
On April 19, 2016, in Washington, DC, OJJDP Administrator Robert L. Listenbee joined youth corrections administrators, impacted families, researchers, and advocates to announce the launch of Stop Solitary for Kids, a national campaign to end the use of solitary confinement for youth in juvenile facilities. The Center for Children’s Law and Policy, the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University, the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators, and the Justice Policy Institute are jointly sponsoring the campaign. Stop Solitary for Kids plans to work with federal, state, and local governments to end the use of solitary confinement through research, public education, policy reform, improved facility practices, legislative changes, training, and technical assistance. Acting on recommendations outlined in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Report and Recommendations Concerning the Use of Restrictive Housing, President Obama recently banned solitary for youth in federal custody and encouraged state and local corrections systems to follow suit.
View and download the Justice Department report on restrictive housing (solitary confinement) in federal prisons.