SB 1143 (2016) - End Long-Term Isolation of Youth

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 1143, by Senator Leno, takes California a step in the right direction by placing strict limitations on the use of room confinement in juvenile justice facilities and encouraging facilities to explore more positive and developmentally appropriate methods for working with youth.

UPDATE: Great news: thanks to your advocacy, Governor Brown signed SB 1143 into law! The law will take effect January 1, 2017.

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September 27: Signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown!

August 18: Passed the Assembly floor.

August 12: Passed the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

June 28: Passed the Assembly Public Safety Committee.

June 2: Passed the Senate floor unanimously.

May 27: Passed the Senate Appropriations Committee.

April 20: Passed Senate Public Safety Committee.

February 19: Senator Leno introduces SB 1143.

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The following organizations are working hard to pass SB 1143


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


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OP-ED: California Bill Can End Solitary Confinement for Youth
June 4, 2015 | Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

During the fall of 2013, Rosemary Summers, a 16-year-old from San Diego County, Calif., committed suicide at a juvenile hall called the Girls Rehabilitation Facility. She ended up there for failing to tell her probation officer that she had attended a Trayvon Martin rally, having been on probation for a few misdemeanors. Read more

Is Violence the New Normal? Why We Must End Solitary Confinement for Youth
Jul 17, 2015 | Huffington Post

Kalief Browder. Michael Brown. Eric Garner. Reynisha McBride. Ezell Ford. Walter Scott. Ricardo Diaz Zeferino. Men and women. Each unarmed, yet killed by police officers who were out on patrol or while they were confined in a jail cell, or as a result of trauma inflicted during confinement. Read more