By Bob Katzen
This bill would prohibit prisoners under 21 years old from being held in solitary confinement.
“Research has shown a link between solitary confinement and mental disorders, as well as increased rates of suicide,” said sponsor Rep. Dave Rogers (D-Cambridge). “Young people are especially vulnerable to these negative effects, due to the developing state of their minds. [The bill] offers a reasonable solution which will protect incarcerated youth, ultimately strengthening their ability to rehabilitate.”