The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed a motion on May 3, 2016 to sharply limit solitary confinement of juveniles in county facilities. PJDC wrote a letter supporting the motion, speaking of the harm of locked room confinement, even when it is used to “protect” youth at risk of suicide and other vulnerable youth. PJDC also spoke of the progress other jurisdictions have made in replacing disciplinary room confinement with positive behavior interventions. The Los Angeles motion, sponsored by Supervisors Hilda Solis and Sheila Kuehl, also referenced recent Department of Justice guidance calling for an end to solitary confinement in federal facilities, and Senate Bill 1143 (Leno), which would restrict the use of locked room confinement throughout California. PJDC is a co-sponsor of SB 1143.
Click here to access a Los Angeles Times article on the Board of Supervisor’s action towards ending solitary confinement of juveniles in county facilities.