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 spent a good deal of his time in solitary confinement. Here, he opens up about the effect it had on him, then and now.
In the middle of a major reform in 2011, Ohio found that it had placed children in solitary confinement for a total of 229,000 hours in one year — the equivalent of 306 hours per inmate. Critics argue that the psychological effects of solitary confinement are especially hard on minors. The state has since announced sweeping reforms to eliminate isolation for juveniles.
“Prison Kids” makes its television premiere on October 4. Watch the full documentary, presented by entrepreneur, music mogul and activist Russell Simmons and narrated by “Empire” actress Gabourey Sidibe, here now. And explore new coverage of the juvenile justice system all October on Fusion’s “Prison Kids” investigative news site.