NCJFCJ Announces Project to Minimize Juvenile Solitary Confinement



Paul Seeman worked for more than three decades building an accomplished career as a judge with the Alameda County Superior Court and an independent attorney. During his tenure with the Superior Court, Paul Seeman served as chair on the international committee of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ).

In 1937, a network of judges formed the NCJFCJ in an effort to create a better juvenile court system in the United States. Over the years, it has grown into one of the nation’s most prominent judicial associations with around 30,000 juvenile justice professionals benefitting from its service. The NCJFCJ supports these individuals and works towards a fairer justice system by running a number of targeted initiatives.

In late September 2016, the NCJFCJ unveiled a new project that focuses on minimizing the application of solitary confinement in the punishment of juvenile offenders. This announcement came in the form of a resolution, which detailed the current issues and proposed a number of solutions.

Within this resolution, the NCJFCJ determined that prison officials commonly use solitary confinement for purposes other than to prevent youths from causing harm to themselves or others. However, with no solid evidence to support that solitary confinement provides any safety benefits in such situations, the organization has called upon the nation’s juvenile court judges to protect incarcerated youths. More specifically, the NCJFCJ has encouraged these officials to continually analyze the procedures and regulations that surround the use of solitary confinement. This will better enable them to make positive changes such as implementing limits on the use of this form of punishment and promoting conflict training for facility staff members.


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