Across the U.S, children spend days and months in solitary confinement. In 2011, the ACLU found that more than 95,000 children spent time in solitary confinement. In a subsequent report, the ACLU writes, “This bare social and physical existence makes many young people feel doomed and abandoned, or in some cases, suicidal, and can lead to serious physical and emotional consequences.” This video documents Richard Ross' experience of 24 hours in isolation in a juvenile detention facility in the midwest. In this facility, as with many others, every child who comes through the door spends their first 24 hours in isolation.
The ACLU has launched a campaign calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to ban the solitary confinement of children in federal custody held in juvenile facilities. Their petition, which explains the situation and how to take action, is here: aclu.org/secure/mothers-plea-stop-solitary-confinement-children