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Children in Long-Term Solitary Confinement: Just What Type of 'Society' are 'We' 'Building'?

A Prison Society, a Prison Planet...

"For Their Own Protection": Children in Long-Term Solitary Confinement

Published on Sep 26, 2013

"For Their Own Protection": Children in Long-Term Solitary Confinement

Todd Krainin | September 26, 2013

"Why lock somebody up while you're locked up? You're trying to kill their spirit even more," says Michael Kemp, describing his six-month stay in solitary confinement at age 17.

Solitary confinement was once a punishment reserved for the most-hardened, incorrigible criminals. Today, it is standard practice for tens of thousands of juveniles in prisons and jails across America. Far from being limited to the most violent offenders, solitary confinement is now used against perpetrators of minor crimes and children who are forced to await their trials in total isolation. Often, these stays are prolonged, lasting months or even years at a time.

Widely condemned as cruel and unusual punishment, long-term isolation for juveniles continues because it's effectively hidden from the public. Research efforts by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition have struggled to uncover even the most basic facts about how the United States punishes its most vulnerable inmates.

How can a practice be both widespread and hidden? State and federal governments have two effective ways to prevent the public from knowing how deep the problem goes.


Runs about 13:15 minutes.

Produced, shot, and edited by Todd Krainin.

Still photography of juvenile inmates by Steve Liss. Incidental music by ERH at Freesound.

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Thanks for the post. ...as

Thanks for the post.

...as if I wasn't depressed and angry enough. :D

"The United States can pay any debt it has because we can always print money to do that." — Alan Greenspan

Public Schools

help engender this imo.

ie. The teachers went to public schools lol



minors are not allowed to be tried by a jury.

And they say spanking is cruel! Humph!


Christians should not be warmongers! http://www.lewrockwell.com/vance/vance87.html


that's one of the top reasons for making prisoners out of 'our' country's future??

just WTF is wrong with these people??


you really wonder if these corporatists and especially private prison corp execs truly even have any children at all. and, chances are high that eventually regardless of how much connection they think they have, eventually 'one of their own' kids will get snared in their own prison planet infrastructure. what then? do they still rationalize to themselves that their kids also 'deserve' to be imprisoned for non-violent offense of 'self-hurt crimes?'

I truly wonder if these fcuktards are serious when they feign to not know why there are criminals in the world.

Um, you snag a stupid teenager for utterly irrelevant mistake, or minor infractions, jail them instead of guiding them, then you drop them into a criminal university, then expect them to go back into 'civil society' with a label that says 'I shouldn't be hired, I have no other skills than illicit ones'??

what asinine fiction scribe douche wrote that screenplay??

Predictions in due Time...

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul