“Reflection Cottages”: The Latest Spa Getaway or Concrete Solitary Confinement Cells for Kids?

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04/29/2013

“Reflection Cottages”: The Latest Spa Getaway or Concrete Solitary Confinement Cells for Kids?

                  By Kiela Parks, Advocacy Associate, ACLU of Colorado at 12:06pm

When you hear the term “reflection cottage,” what comes to mind? A relaxing spa getaway? A peaceful place to unwind and de-stress? What about children held against their will in solitary confinement? At the El Pueblo Residential Treatment Center in Pueblo, Colorado, “reflection cottages” are an insidious attempt to disguise bare concrete rooms where teens are held for days and weeks in isolation.

El Pueblo is a facility ostensibly dedicated to helping at-risk youth, many of whom have developmental and mental disabilities. Yet despite existing state laws, court decisions, and widely-accepted standards for the treatment of troubled youth (not to mention basic human decency), El Pueblo routinely forces children into prolonged solitary confinement in these so-called “reflection cottages.” In fact, according to children who…

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