Our juvenile justice system is broken. The facts show it: of all developed nations, the US is #1 in incarcerating kids, and skipping school and running away are among the reasons we lock them up.
What’s worse, in spite of evidence showing neurological and psychological damage, is that we put kids, as young as 11, into solitary confinement.
Recently, President Obama called the entire practice into question asking: “Do we really think it makes sense to lock so many people alone in tiny cells for 23 hours a day?”
Momentum is building. Proposed federal legislation would prohibit the practice unless it’s a temporary way to prevent serious harm to a child or others. We need to keep this going.
Let’s take it to the top of the White House. Sign your name now.