Seven Days in Solitary [11/5/17]

• In an article in The Conversation, a clinical psychologist who has conducted neuroscience research in a Connecticut state prison points out that solitary confinement “can lead to hallucinations, fantasies and paranoia; it can increase anxiety, depression and apathy as well as difficulties in thinking concentrating, remembering, paying attention and controlling impulses,” which not only lessen […]

Criminalizing Mental Illness

Yesterday, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) issued a compilation of staggering statistics on the criminalization of people with mental illness in the United States. As NAMI points out, “Over the past 20 years, state spending on correctional systems has increased 350 percent from $10 billion to $45 billion,” while the same states have cut […]

LGBT Kids in Prison Face Rape, Beatings, and Isolation

CHILDREN IN LOCKDOWN “Across the United States, the brutal and dysfunctional juvenile justice system sends queer youth to prison in disproportionate numbers, fails to protect them from violence and discrimination while they’re inside and to this day condones attempts to turn them straight,”  writes Daniel Redman in a powerful article on LGBT youth behind bars, which appeared […]

Alaska Teen Spends 17-Months in Pre-Trial Solitary Confinement

CHILDREN IN LOCKDOWN A story by Scott Christiansen that appeared in June in the Anchorage Press is significant not only because it describes the case of a 16-year-old who spent 500 days in pre-trial solitary confinement. It’s significant because this case, according to the paper, “has a chance to reform the way Alaska treats young offenders who’ve been waived […]

Lessons from Solitary

Guest Post by David Chura Editors’ Note: David Chura has spent forty years working with–and writing about–“kids in the system”: at-risk children in foster care, group homes, homeless shelters, psych hospitals, drug rehab, special education, and alternative high schools, as well as in juvenile and adult corrections facilities. (Chura’s blog is kidsinthesystem.wordpress.com.) As a teacher in […]