Isolation Practices with Vulnerable Populations: Impact and Alternatives

National Center for Youth in CustodyHosted by the National Center for Youth in Custody

While isolation in confinement facilities is harmful and traumatic for any youth, it can be particularly traumatic for youth with disabilities and for youth who have experienced physical, sexual, or other forms of abuse. This webinar looks at the impact of isolation practices on youth and their families, and identifies appropriate alternatives being implemented in several jurisdictions. The webinar also discusses the developmental and psychological vulnerabilities of youth placed in isolation, and challenges that facility administrators face with isolation practices.

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  • Tracy McClard, Founder and Family Organizer, Families and Friends Organizing for Reform of Juvenile Justice (FORJ-MO)
  • Rodney J. Erwin, MD, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Kaiser Permanente



Pam Clark, Program Associate, National Center in Youth Custody