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Young inmates should not be held in isolation, report says

NEW YORK — State governments should abolish the use of solitary confinement for offenders under 18, whether as a punitive or protective measure, two leading advocates for prisoners’ rights said in report.

Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union said brief periods of isolation may be needed as a security measure. But they contend that longer spans of solitary confinement can cause serious psychological and physical harm to young people, including heightened risk of suicide.

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