UPDATE: Bill to reform solitary confinement for juveniles tabled until next session

Last week, proponents of ending the abuse of solitary confinement practices against juvenile detainees received disheartening news: California’s Senate Bill 61 will not be passed during this session of the California Legislature.

SB 61 looked poised to be approved by the state Assembly after winning passage by the Senate, but the Assembly’s Appropriations Committee drastically amended the bill, leaving its supporters no choice but to move it to the “Inactive File.” Its sponsors, including its author Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco), hope to revive it during next session. Unfortunately, that means teens will continue to suffer under a system that victimizes rather than rehabilitates our young people.

Read the San Francisco Examiner op-ed by the acting director of Unite for Students for more information on juvenile solitary confinement and SB 61.


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