Obama bans solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prisons

President Obama announced a ban today on solitary confinement for juvenile offenders in the federal prison system, saying the practice is overused and has the potential for devastating psychological consequences.

In an op-ed that appears in Tuesday editions of The Washington Post, the president outlines executive actions that also prohibit federal corrections officials from punishing prisoners who commit “low-level infractions” with solitary confinement. The new rules also call for expanding treatment for mentally ill prisoners.

Source: Obama bans solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prisons – The Washington Post

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