Rethinking Solitary Confinement    

In an unprecedented op-ed in the Washington Post, President Obama called solitary confinement an “affront to our common humanity.” While banning solitary confinement for juveniles in federal custody, President Obama’s piece also introduced the Department of Justice’s Report and Recommendations on Restrictive Housing. Both the President’s statement and the Report’s guiding principles give national voice to a position shared by major professional organizations, including JPI. For more information about juveniles and solitary confinement, read our response to President Obama’s op-ed and take a look at the tools listed on the right.

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Criminal Justice News—JPI's Paul Ashton discusses private prisons.

Solitary Confinement and Juvenile JusticeSolitary Confinement and Juvenile Justice

Criminal Justice News—JPI's Marc Schindler discusses youth solitary confinement.

Statement on Governor Hogan’s announcement of building a new Baltimore jail complexStatement on Governor Hogan’s announcement of building a new Baltimore jail complex

Announcements—JPI responds to Governor Hogan's announcement.

We agree with President ObamaWe agree with President Obama

Announcements—President Obama banned the use of solitary for juveniles in federal prison.

One of the biggest problems with American policing: we rely on cops way too muchOne of the biggest problems with American policing: we rely on cops way too much

Criminal Justice News—We have put too much responsibility on law enforcement.

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Criminal Justice News—The case of infamous ‘affluenza teen’ Ethan Couch has reignited incredulity toward… Continue

New York’s ‘Bail Bond Queen’, ruler of a controversial industryNew York’s ‘Bail Bond Queen’, ruler of a controversial industry

Criminal Justice News—JPI's Marc Schindler weighs in on the bail bond industry.

Justice Reform in 2015 and BeyondJustice Reform in 2015 and Beyond

Criminal Justice News—How we can sustain 2015's criminal justice reform.

Build stronger and safer communities in BaltimoreBuild stronger and safer communities in Baltimore

Criminal Justice News—We must reinvest outside the justice system in order to bring justice to Baltimore.

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Criminal Justice News—The Freddie Gray incident sheds light on large problems in Baltimore

Md. panel recommends less prison for drug offenders, more treatmentMd. panel recommends less prison for drug offenders, more treatment

Criminal Justice News—Maryland will consider legislation that is aimed at reducing the prison population.

Policy Institute Searches for Better Ways to Keep D.C. Residents SafePolicy Institute Searches for Better Ways to Keep D.C. Residents Safe

Criminal Justice News—JPI advocates for a different approach to addressing violence within the community.

Good Reasons To Raise Age For Juvenile JusticeGood Reasons To Raise Age For Juvenile Justice

Criminal Justice News—Why we should raise the age for the juvenile justice system.

Temper Risk and Needs Assessments With Positive Youth DevelopmentTemper Risk and Needs Assessments With Positive Youth Development

Criminal Justice News—Juvenile justice systems have an unprecedented opportunity to utilize advances in knowledge.

Why So Few School Cops Are Trained to Work With KidsWhy So Few School Cops Are Trained to Work With Kids

JPI Daily News Digest—Only 12 states mandate that school resource officers receive student-specific preparation.

Juvenile incarceration rate has dropped in half. Is trend sustainable?Juvenile incarceration rate has dropped in half. Is trend sustainable?

Criminal Justice News—The number of juveniles committed to prison or other facilities dropped by 53 percent between 2001… Continue

The brutal Spring Valley High School video shows what happens when you put cops in schoolsThe brutal Spring Valley High School video shows what happens when you put cops in schools

Criminal Justice News—A sheriff's deputy in South Carolina was fired after he grabbed and threw a black student during a… Continue

JPI Announces its Newest Board MemberJPI Announces its Newest Board Member

Announcements—The Justice Policy Institute is proud to announce its newest board member, Michael Satin

Nebraska Abolished The Death Penalty, Find Out How and Reform Of The Criminal Justice System, Why Now?Nebraska Abolished The Death Penalty, Find Out How and Reform Of The Criminal Justice System, Why Now?

Criminal Justice News—JPI's Executive Director Marc Schindler discusses the need for criminal justice reform.

Should we close all youth prisons and is now the right time?Should we close all youth prisons and is now the right time?

Criminal Justice News—Is it time for America to close its youth prisons?

Investing in communities, not prisonsInvesting in communities, not prisons

Criminal Justice News—Maryland's Justice Reinvestment Council must make bold decisions to make a difference.

Tackling crime by making communities healthierTackling crime by making communities healthier

Criminal Justice News—How investing in healthy communities can promote safety.

Increase in Homicides Unlikely to Derail Juvenile Justice Reforms, Observers SayIncrease in Homicides Unlikely to Derail Juvenile Justice Reforms, Observers Say

Criminal Justice News—An increase in homicides in major cities across the country this year is unlikely to hamper… Continue

Ruger and Gastanaga: Toward smart justice reformRuger and Gastanaga: Toward smart justice reform

Criminal Justice News—The Charles Koch Institute and the ACLU of Virginia come together to advocate for criminal justice… Continue

The Short, Hard Life Of Freddie GrayThe Short, Hard Life Of Freddie Gray

JPI in the News—Baltimore burned after Gray's death because his demise was emblematic.

The Perils of ProbationThe Perils of Probation

Criminal Justice News—Letter in response to the New York Times piece On Probation, Lives Can Run Far Off Track .

Advocates, Analysts See Pivotal Moment in Push for ReformsAdvocates, Analysts See Pivotal Moment in Push for Reforms

Criminal Justice News—President Obama’s speech on criminal justice reform last month included a familiar refrain… Continue

After More Than Two Decades, Should Virginia Give Parole A Second Chance?After More Than Two Decades, Should Virginia Give Parole A Second Chance?

Criminal Justice News—VA's parole system has become a topic of conversation in recent months, the result of a new… Continue

Gov. Hogan announces 'immediate' closure of Baltimore jailGov. Hogan announces 'immediate' closure of Baltimore jail

Criminal Justice News—On Thursday, July 30, Gov. Hogan announced the immediate closing of the Baltimore City Detention… Continue

State to save up to $15M annually by closing Baltimore City Detention CenterState to save up to $15M annually by closing Baltimore City Detention Center

Criminal Justice News—The state of MD will save $10 million-$15 million per year by closing Baltimore City Detention… Continue

Statement on Governor Hogan’s announcement of closing Baltimore jailStatement on Governor Hogan’s announcement of closing Baltimore jail

Announcements—Statement on Governor Hogan’s announcement of closing Baltimore jail

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Criminal Justice News—Sandra Bland’s death was preventable on multiple levels. A jail architect explains how design… Continue

Big business built the prison state. Why should we trust them to tear it down?Big business built the prison state. Why should we trust them to tear it down?

Criminal Justice News—The Koch brothers have connections to lobbying groups that harmed inmates, yet they are becoming… Continue

Prisons, Community Corrections, Rehabilitation and Re-integrationPrisons, Community Corrections, Rehabilitation and Re-integration

Criminal Justice News—JPI's Jason Ziedenberg discusses prisons, community corrections, and rehabilitation and… Continue

Problems With Parole In AmericaProblems With Parole In America

Criminal Justice News—Criminal justice reform experts discuss problems with parole in America on the Kojo show.

The Dark Realities Of Being A Minor in PrisonThe Dark Realities Of Being A Minor in Prison

Criminal Justice News—Marc Schindler, JPI's executive director, discusses the realities of being a minor in prison on… Continue

Ex-convicts struggle to find work in BaltimoreEx-convicts struggle to find work in Baltimore

Criminal Justice News—A Marketplace analysis found the unemployment rate in Sandtown-Winchester is 22 percent.

Rethink incarceration in VirginiaRethink incarceration in Virginia

Criminal Justice News—Amanda Petteruti, Justice Policy Institute's senior research associate, wrote a letter to the… Continue

Statement on Virginia Parole Review and Update CommissionStatement on Virginia Parole Review and Update Commission

Announcements—JPI responds to this significant event

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Criminal Justice News—Columbia has just become the first university in the U.S. to divest from private prison companies.

JPI is proud to announce its newest board memberJPI is proud to announce its newest board member

Announcements—The Justice Policy Institute is proud to announce its newest board member, Marcus Bullock

Soros Fellow Partners With JPISoros Fellow Partners With JPI

Announcements—Rachel Herzing, 2015 Soros Fellow, partners with JPI to explore an unconventional approach to… Continue

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Criminal Justice News—John Oliver's latest target is the US bail system that hurts low-income defendants while allowing… Continue

Bringing an End to the Incarceration GenerationBringing an End to the Incarceration Generation

Criminal Justice News—The good news is that more today is known than ever before about what works and doesn't work to… Continue

New Prison Reform Law Creates 'Momentum,' But Limitations Could Lessen ImpactNew Prison Reform Law Creates 'Momentum,' But Limitations Could Lessen Impact

Criminal Justice News—New legislation would give Oklahoma’s judges more discretion in sentencing certain nonviolent… Continue

Silverberg: Progress requires investing now for future gainsSilverberg: Progress requires investing now for future gains

JPI in the News—Silverberg outlines the "instant-gratification society" that we live in today, where we fight the… Continue

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Criminal Justice News—Within the last year, “mass incarceration” has become a buzzword...

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Criminal Justice News—The U.K.'s exceedingly logical approach is in stark contrast to prevailing attitudes in the United… Continue

The battle for BaltimoreThe battle for Baltimore

JPI in the News—A combination of drugs, corruption and institutional racism has plagued Baltimore for decades.

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JPI in the News—The vast majority of those incarcerated will be at an age still requiring them to have employment… Continue

The Real 'Looting': From Slavery to Policing and BeyondThe Real "Looting": From Slavery to Policing and Beyond

JPI in the News—The system that people in Baltimore rose up against stretches back across the centuries.

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Criminal Justice News—Bail in Baltimore is a weird thing—and complicated, but it’s worth understanding… Continue

 

Tools for Solitary Confinement

"Alone & Afraid: Children Held in Solitary Confinement and Isolation in Juvenile Detention and Correctino Facilities" toolkit from the ACLU

"Juvenile Detention Facility Assessment" tool for assessing conditions of confinement from the Annie E. Casey Foundation

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