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The Misuse of Isolation in Juvenile Correctional Settings

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The use of isolation (also known as seclusion) as part of behavior management and control in juvenile detention and correctional settings has been the subject of debate and litigation for years. Research has demonstrated that isolation causes harm to youth, increases the risk of suicide, and benefits of its use are not supported by evidence. Marty Beyer, PhD, Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Consultant and Sandra Simkins, Founder and Co-Director of the Rutgers Children's Justice Clinic, Rutgers School of Law & Co-Director of the Northeast Regional Juvenile Defender Center, will join us on this episode to discuss isolation. They will explore the research, including long-term impact on youth, the constitutionality of its use, national correctional standards and best practices, and outline considerations for those working for youth in detention and correctional settings.