It is the position of the New Jersey Parents’ Caucus, Inc. (NJPC) and its membership that the State must ban the imposition and use of solitary confinement or restricted housing units – another term for solitary confinement – which were found in either administrative segregation or the Management Control Unit, a form of solitary confinement used at administrators’ discretion on youth in adult jails and prisons. Solitary confinement imposes further violence, harm, and psychological damage on youth before they return to their communities. If these youth return home without adequate mental health and rehabilitative care, it negates their ability to become productive members of our society. Their stories and their needs must be addressed through legislation to end this cruel, but unfortunately, common, practice on youth in the adult criminal justice system.
The Solitary Confinement of Youth With Mental Health Disabilities in New Jersey’s Adult Prison System