Former juvenile prisoner fights against locking away teens in solitary confinement

Rock Center

Teens held in adult jails and prisons are often kept in solitary confinement for their own protection. On Friday’s edition of Rock Center, Ted Koppel investigated the mental health risks of solitary confinement on teenagers.

Ted Koppel sat down with Kevin DeMott who ended up in adult prison for an attempted armed robbery he committed when he was 13. Kevin was held in solitary confinement for much of the time he says he was locked up. Now 21 years old, he is out on parole and is working with his mother

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6 Responses to Former juvenile prisoner fights against locking away teens in solitary confinement

  1. cindy knoke says:

    The insanity of a teen in solitary is hard to to contemplate.

    • Steve McFarland says:

      More often than not these prisons/jails put them into solitary to show them “who is in charge”. Many time just like our adult prisons they have been in solitary for some time and then released directly from there to the outside world.

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