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Bill bans state isolation punishment for youth

March 27, 2017 --

Oregon Senate votes to end isolation punishment for youth
SB 82 bans Oregon Youth Authority from placing youth in locked rooms alone
By Oregon Senate Majority Office

SALEM – Oregon Youth Authority would be required to stop using isolation as a punishment, under a bill passed  by the Oregon Senate.

Senate Bill 82 – which passed 29-0 on the Senate floor – establishes a state policy that prohibits the Oregon Youth Authority from punishing youth offenders or any other person under the agency’s custody by locking them up in solitary confinement.

“We know that locking any person up in isolation as punishment is harmful to them mentally and emotionally,” said Sen. James Manning (D-Eugene), who carried the bill on the Senate floor. “These are vulnerable kids, anyway, and then using a punishment technique like that naturally hurts more than it helps.”

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