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May 15, 2014

AG Holder assails solitary for juves with mental illness

As highlighted by this DOJ press release, "Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday called for an end to the excessive use of solitary confinement for youth that suffer from mental illness." Here is more about AG Holder's latest use of his criminal justice bully pulpit:

“Across the country, far too many juvenile detention centers see isolation and solitary confinement as an appropriate way to handle challenging youth, in particular youth with disabilities. But solitary confinement can be dangerous, and a serious impediment to the ability of juveniles to succeed once released.

“In a study released last year by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, 47 percent of juvenile detention centers reported locking youth in some type of isolation for more than four hours at a time. We have received reports of young people who have been held in solitary confinement for up to 23 hours a day, often with no human interaction at all. In some cases, children were held in small rooms with windows that were barely the width of their own hands.

“This is, to say the least, excessive. And these episodes are all too common.

“This practice is particularly detrimental to young people with disabilities – who are at increased risk under these circumstances of negative effects including self-harm and even suicide. In fact, one national study found that half of the victims of suicides in juvenile facilities were in isolation at the time they took their own lives, and 62 percent of victims had a history of solitary confinement....

“We must ensure in all circumstances – and particularly when it comes to our young people – that incarceration is used to rehabilitate, and not merely to warehouse and forget. Our nationwide effort to end the unnecessary or excessive seclusion of youth with disabilities will not be completed solely with one settlement or court filing. But as a department, we are dedicated – and as Attorney General, I am committed – to doing everything possible to ensure the effectiveness and integrity of our criminal and juvenile justice system. In the days ahead, we will continue to make good on our commitment to the best practices of law enforcement and the highest ideals of our nation.” 

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As the evil and dangerousness of the offender increases, so does the lying propaganda and protection of the lawyer traitor.

“This practice is particularly detrimental to young people with disabilities – who are at increased risk under these circumstances of negative effects including self-harm and even suicide. In fact, one national study found that half of the victims of suicides in juvenile facilities were in isolation at the time they took their own lives, and 62 percent of victims had a history of solitary confinement....

That lying propaganda has been repeatedly rebutted in the comments section, but the lawyer keeps repeating the lies.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | May 15, 2014 6:14:32 PM

I invite AG Holder to take time off from his busy schedule. Come to a juvenile facility where isolation is a practice. Then take charge of managing an ultra violent gang banger whose initiation consists of attacking the pregnant social worker. Show everyone how to handle that person much better than today.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | May 15, 2014 6:31:20 PM

Maybe a hug is all the juvenile needs from AG Holder.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | May 15, 2014 6:32:17 PM

Suppose the lash were to return, for the slightest infraction. Suppose the protection of the vicious predator by the lawyer traitor were to end, because the lawyer hierarchy were to have been eradicated. Suppose that there were no torto liability for deaths in incarceration because everyone would be better off with these vicious predator gone.

What would happen?

A tiny number of guards could terrorize and control the vicious predators, at a tiny fraction of current costs, say at $5 a day, instead of at $50. If the vicious predators wished for better food or clothing, they could learn some skills and work for them. That would be real rehab, not the phony rehab of Holder's speech.

What is the substitute for physical means of control? More staffing, of course. That is the real aim of this lying lawyer propaganda, to generate make work jobs for the high school dropouts who vote for the Democratic Party, and who will be hired as additional guards.

While one may not object to his advocacy for Democratic Party agenda to grow government. That is their philosophy. One may object to the bad faith of the speech in not openly disclosing the real intent.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | May 16, 2014 6:47:18 AM

Is Holder a lawyer? Why would this practice of ordering less solitary confinement be treason? What would Sintur Klaus think?

Posted by: Liberty1st | May 16, 2014 11:16:48 AM

Holder is betraying our nation by advocating the end of a practice that manages violent people with some level of staffing. If you end segregation, the alterntiive is staffing, more make work jobs for Holder's constituents. He is willing to hurt our nation to line the pockets of his constituents.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | May 17, 2014 7:53:32 AM

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