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Obama bans solitary confinement for kids, on heels of Fusion investigation

Four months after a Fusion investigation into the horrors of juvenile jails highlighted the practice, President Obama announced Monday night that he would ban solitary confinement for minors in federal prisons, part of a broader plan that could improve conditions for 10,000 inmates nationwide. Obama announced the move, along with several other executive actions on …

UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 1: Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J.,   flanked from left by Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Senate Judiciary ranking member Pat Leahy, D-Vt., Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., speaks during the news conference on criminal justice reform legislation on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
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In this Aug. 31, 2015 photo, a room used for recreation by inmates in solitary confinement at the Washington Corrections Center, in Shelton, Wash. is shown. A new program that may soon be extended to dozens of maximum custody solitary confinement prisoners at the facility will give inmates the option of using their recreation hour outside of their cells to watch sunsets, mountains and underwater seascapes on video, with the hope that they will be calmer, and guards will have to deal with fewer outbursts or violent interactions. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) READ MORE
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For a few minutes, New Yorkers feel a prisoner's pain on the street

Five Mualimm-ak knows first hand the damage that solitary confinement can do to someone’s psyche. He spent over a decade in prison, five of those years in solitary. “You’re in this cell, just losing your mind,” he says. Now an activist, Mualimm-ak has made it his mission to bring awareness to the effects that punitive …

FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2011 file photo, a correctional officer works at one of the housing units at Pelican Bay State Prison near Crescent City, Calif.  California's prison system revised its protocol for inmates placed in solitary confinement, but prisoner rights groups say the new rules don't go far enough. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File) READ MORE
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**ADVANCE FOR SUNDAY, DEC. 30**  A girl being held in detention works on a classroom project, as she sits near a wall covered with self-portraits made by others in detention, many portrayed wearing facility-issued orange jump suits, at a Pierce County Juvenile Court facility, Nov. 8 , 2007, in Tacoma, Wash. A steady, decade-long drop in teen offender recidivism rates in Pierce County is not the result of reforms implemented as in some other places, instead the county works towards keeping youth out of state institutions and to focus on communities. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) READ MORE
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Video: 70 percent of children behind bars in America have mental health issues

The U.S. locks kids at a higher rate than any other developed country, but it doesn’t appear to be making our country any safer. Many children are locked up for offenses that wouldn’t be considered crimes if they were adults. The vast majority have mental health issues. Here’s a brief explanation of how our juvenile …

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"First thing": A prison kid's poem

The U.S. jails more children than any industrialized nation in the world. This is the first of three poems, written by minors who have done time, recorded by WYNC’s Radio Rookies and the Inside Out Writers, for “Prison Kids,” Fusion’s gripping hourlong documentary investigation into how America treats its youngest inmates. “Prison Kids” makes its …

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Here's what happens when you're a kid in solitary confinement

In “Prison Kids: A Crime Against America’s Children,” we follow the stories of young people who have been locked up and have suffered as a result of America’s broken juvenile justice system. Brian was incarcerated as a minor in Ohio. He says he was treated with psychotropic drugs for post-traumatic stress disorder and that he …

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Watch 'Prison Kids,' the investigative documentary about juvenile justice in America

“You got your little window to look outside and that’s really it. I feel claustrophobic.” “It was cold, too. I was freezing.” “And I’d be getting overwhelmed and heated about it.” “I was scared out, like I was tired of being in this cell.” “Horrible, worst time in my life.” We incarcerate children at a …

Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., right, shakes hands with Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, to discuss criminal justice reform with a bipartisan group of senators. A long-awaited bipartisan proposal to cut mandatory prison sentences for nonviolent offenders and promote more early release from federal prisons is scheduled to be disclosed Thursday by an influential group of senators who hope to build on backing from conservatives, progressives and the White House. From left are, Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., Booker, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, Scott, and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) READ MORE
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This Brooklyn court helps kids stay out of jail—and it's run entirely by teenagers

Faith Garrett, an 18-year-old from East New York, attended her first college course in upstate New York last month — something she says wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for Brownsville Youth Court. The Brownsville Youth Court hears low-level cases for first-time offenders between 10 and 18, like Garrett, who was arrested for stealing …

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Inside a jail for kids in Louisiana: A 360-degree experience

The United States incarcerates more children than any developed country on earth. In this 360-degree tour of the Youth Study Center in New Orleans, you can explore how juveniles live on the inside. Listen to children who have been incarcerated across America describing their experiences, and see exclusive footage inside one of the cells where …

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Prison kids: A crime against America's children

Every day in America, about 60,000 children go to sleep behind bars. Many are locked up for offenses that wouldn’t be considered crimes if they were adults. Fusion traveled across the country, gathering the stories of kids who grew up in jail or prison. We found a system that’s supposed to help kids, but often …

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