The Council for Exceptional Children, Division of Emotional and Behavioral Health’s Position Statement on Solitary Confinement

Joseph Calvin Gagnon, Lee Kern, Sarup R. Mathur

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Abstract

This document, from the Council for Exceptional Children, Division of Emotional and Behavioral Health (DEBH), provides clear and compelling support for the abolishment of solitary confinement with incarcerated youth and young adults in juvenile and adult correctional facilities. This is the first position statement from DEBH on the topic, and the information includes (a) a definition of solitary confinement, (b) discussion of its use, (c) an explanation of the impacts of solitary confinement on youth, (d) identification of systemic issues that perpetuate the use of solitary confinement, (e) an examination of U.S. laws concerning the use of solitary confinement, (f) a declaration of principles, and (g) recommendations for policy and practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalBehavioral Disorders
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • position statement
  • solitary confinement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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