SECTION 1 (TITLE):
This act shall be known as the End Youth Solitary Confinement Act.

SECTION 2 (PURPOSE):
To end the use of solitary confinement for young detainees in prisons, jails, and other detention centers for any purpose other than preventing immediate physical harm.

SECTION 3 (PROVISIONS):

(a) Definitions: “Covered juvenile” means any person under the age of 21 in a state-run or contracted prison, jail, or detention facility of any kind.

(b) The use of room confinement at a juvenile or correctional facility for discipline, punishment, retaliation, or any reason other than as a temporary response to a juvenile’s behavior that poses a serious and immediate risk of physical harm to any individual, including the juvenile, is prohibited.

(c) If a covered juvenile poses a serious and immediate risk of physical harm to any individual, including the juvenile, before a staff member of a juvenile facility places a covered juvenile in room confinement, the staff member shall attempt to use other less restrictive options, unless attempting those options poses a threat to the safety or security of any minor, or staff.

(d) If a covered juvenile is placed in room confinement because the covered juvenile poses a serious and immediate risk of physical harm to himself or herself, or to others, the covered juvenile shall be released:

(e) If, after the applicable maximum period of confinement has expired, a covered juvenile continues to pose a serious and immediate risk of physical harm to others,

(f) Each facility detaining covered juveniles shall report the use of each incident of room confinement to the Attorney General each month, including:

(g) The Attorney General shall be empowered to review and enforce detention facility’s adherence to this section. If a private contractor involved in managing a detention facility does not adhere to this section, the Attorney General shall have the power to cancel any existing state contracts with such a contractor.