Washington state moves to eliminate youth solitary confinement
Studies suggest solitary confinement is psychologically damaging, and can lead teens to suicide.
Last updated 2/12/2020 at 12:58pm
Washington state lawmakers plan to ban solitary confinement as a form of punishment in juvenile detention facilities.
“Nationally, there’s a growing consensus that solitary confinement is both unconstitutional and inhumane, and in Washington state, we do not prohibit the use of solitary confinement as punishment,” said the bill’s primary sponsor, Sen. Claire Wilson, D-Federal Way, during a Senate Human Services, Reentry, and Rehabilitation Committee hearing held Thursday, Jan. 16.
Senate bill 6112, and its companion bill HB 2277, would prohibit solitary confinement in Washington st...