SB 124 - End Youth Solitary

We all have a responsibility to make sure youth detained in the custody of the juvenile justice system have the chance to learn from past missteps and develop the education and pro-social skills they need to make it back to their families – where they belong. Senate Bill 124, by Senator Leno, takes California a step in the right direction by placing strict limitations on the use of solitary confinement in juvenile justice facilities and encouraging facilities to explore more positive and developmentally appropriate methods for working with youth.

While SB 124 was stalled this year in the Assembly Appropriations Committee, Senator Leno announced that he will be reintroducing the bill in January 2016 as the "Stop the Torture of Children Act" during a December 1 press conference with Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children's Defense Fund. Please join our email list today for updates and action opportunity to break youth out of solitary confinement.

Latest Updates

December 1: Senator Leno announces the bill will be re-introduced in January 2016 as the "Stop the Torture of Children Act"

August 27: Stalled in the Assembly Approriations Committee.

July 7: Passed the Assembly Committee on Public Safety on a 5-2 vote.

June 2: Passed the Senate floor by a 26-13 vote.

May 28: Voted out of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

April 8: Voted out of the Senate Public Safety Committee on a 5-2 vote.

January 16, 2015: Senator Mark Leno introduced SB 124.

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The following organizations are working hard to pass SB 124


Children's Defense Fund-California

Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights advances racial and economic justice to ensure dignity and opportunity for low-income people and people of color.

Youth Justice Coalition

The YJC uses direct action organizing, advocacy, political education, transformative justice and activist arts to mobilize system-involved youth, families and our allies – both in the community and within lock-ups – to bring about change.

California Public Defenders Association


For more information about SB 124 please contact:


Angela Chung
Juvenile Justice Policy Associate