January 26, 2016

Cárdenas Statement on President’s Ban on Solitary Confinement for Kids

Today, Congressman Cárdenas released the following statement, in response to President Obama’s recent announcement implementing recommendations to reduce use of solitary confinement:

“I am very encouraged by the President’s actions. It’s about time that we stop exposing children, our future generation, to what is essentially physiological and emotional torture. There is no question we still have a long way to go, but we are moving in the right direction. My bill, the Protecting Youth from Solitary Confinement Act, would codify these evidence-based recommendations for youth. I will keep working every day to pass this and other bills to make sure our kids aren’t left out of Congress’ criminal justice reforms.”

In June 2015, Cárdenas reintroduced the Protecting Youth from Solitary Confinement Act, H.R. 2823, which would ban solitary confinement of youth in federal facilities.