This week, an unusual coalition of corrections officers and policy experts will come together in Washington, D.C., with one common goal in mind — to limit the use of solitary confinement for juveniles.
The campaign has enlisted some powerful voices to warn about the harms of isolation for young people.
Venida Browder lost her son twice: first to the lock-up at Rikers Island in New York, and then to suicide.
“Solitary confinement is what destroyed my son,” she said.
Browder’s 16-year-old son, Kalief, was accused of stealing a backpack. But he refused to plead guilty to something he said he didn’t do. Instead, he spent years in detention, waiting for a trial that never happened.