“This story is a candid look at what it’s like to spend decades in isolation, and the struggle to rehabilitate those who have experienced it. ‘It is torture, and I think the torture begins mentally,’ said Dennis Hope. For 32 years, Dennis Hope has been in prison. ‘When you begin to look at yourself like […]
Lousiana: Juvenile offender with mental illness tried as an adult, sent to solitary confinement on death row.
Placing inmates in solitary confinement for their physical and/or mental safety is a form of medical incarceration. It’s extremely counter-productive due to the astronomical exacerbation of mental illness done by solitary, especially for youth. According to reporting by eyewitness investigator Mike Perlstein, Alonzo Defillo Jr. ended up on death row at the nation’s bloodiest prison, […]
“IDJJ is hosting cohorts of juvenile justice administrators and practitioners from other states because of its designation as a National Promising Practice site. The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown, the Center for Children’s Law & Policy, and the Council of Juvenile Justice Administrators have formed a collaborative to reduce the use of isolation and promote best practices […]
Content Note: Article contains detailed descriptions. It’s demeaning enough that (pseudonymn) John Smith was subject to invasive exams that violate the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act, or PREA, which prohibits jails and prisons from conducting exams solely to determine someone’s genital status. After multiple parties inspected his genitals, he finally refused further exams, and according […]