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Contra Costa County Bans Solitary Confinement of Youth

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Alex Johnson, Executive Director of Children’s Defense Fund-California, issued the following statement following Contra Costa County Probation Department’s decision to end its use of solitary confinement for all youth detained in Contra Costa County Juvenile Hall.

“Contra Costa County’s settlement agreement ending the punitive, prolonged isolation of our most vulnerable youth inside our juvenile justice facilities is a historic victory for youth and families. We must end the punitive incarceration model and extend what Contra Costa County did throughout the state by passing Senate Bill 124 introduced by Senator Mark Leno to place strict limitations on the use of solitary confinement in juvenile justice facilities and provide youth a pathway toward healing and success.”

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Children’s Defense Fund-California (CDF-CA) is a state office of the Children’s Defense Fund, a national child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly for over 40 years to ensure a level playing field for all children. CDF-CA champions policies and programs that lift children out of poverty, ensure all children have access to health coverage and care and a quality education, and invest in our justice-involved youth.

2019-03-15T16:33:13-07:00May 21, 2015|
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