Solitary confinement isn’t good for anyone, but it’s especially harmful to juveniles because their brains are still developing.
Physical and social isolation can lead to depression, anxiety, psychosis and psychological and developmental harm, according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Courts have concluded that juvenile solitary confinement constitutes torture, and it has been shown to cause serious, long-term harm. SSB 6112 prohibits the use of juvenile solitary confinement for the purpose of punishment and restricts the circumstances under a juvenile may be isolated from others for safety or other reasons. Contact Senator Warnick on the Senate Ways & Means Committee, and ask her to pass SSB 6112 out of committee and onto the floor for a vote.