(Elizabeth, New Jersey) – According to a new brief by the New Jersey Parents’ Caucus (NJPC), the mental health illnesses of youth held in solitary confinement in New Jersey’s adult prisons become more severe overtime. The brief includes survey data and responses from youth waived to adult court and incarcerated in adult prisons. The youth waived to the adult system and held in solitary confinement were 69% more likely to report a greater number of mental health diagnosis. Black and Hispanic youth were more likely to report being held in solitary confinement for long periods of time ranging on average from nine months to nearly a year and a half.
Read the brief HERE