President Obama Announces Ban on Solitary for Teens in Federal Prisons

25 Jan President Obama Announces Ban on Solitary for Teens in Federal Prisons

President Obama  announced a ban on solitary confinement for juvenile offenders in the federal prison system citing  devastating psychological consequences et al.

In a Washington Post op-ed published on January 25, 2016 the president ticks-off a number of mandates that also prohibit federal corrections officials from punishing prisoners who commit “low-level infractions” with solitary confinement.

The new rules also dictate that the longest a prisoner can be punished with solitary confinement for a first offense is 60 days, rather than the current maximum of 365 days.