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Solitary_Confinement-225x300The archaic practice of isolating humans for days, weeks, months, and even years is an ongoing practice in prisons across the United States. Unsurprisingly, locking up juveniles alone can cause severe mental health issues in their developing minds.

The Depraved Conduct of U.S. Prisons

The country responded in shock and awe when, in 2018, headlines revealed that a Californian couple kept 13 siblings shackled and captive in their home. Fed rarely, beaten often, and prohibited from contact with the outer world, the prosecutor on the case noted, “this is severe, emotional, physical abuse. … This is depraved conduct.” So why is the same treatment inside the walls of a detention facility considered less abusive? Juveniles in solitary confinement are routinely denied nearly all human contact, education, and mental health treatment. Instead, they are left alone, deprived of sight and sound in a cement cell.

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Dallas LePierre of NDH Lawyers spoke before the State of Connecticut Sentencing Commission, in opposition to a rushed and dangerous bail-reform measure that threatens public safety–all for political expediency. (See the 7:00 minute mark for Mr. LePierre.) Mr. Pierre’s testimony before the Commission comes on the heels of a recent lawsuit filed by attorneys at NDH Lawyers against both the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, and former Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie. (See Lawsuit.) Christie, according to the lawsuit, sacrificed public safety for political expediency by forcing a bail-reform system that both New Jersey law enforcement officials and citizens called a “resounding nightmare.” Christie’s bail reform program routinely assessed violent sexual offenders, and other demonstrably dangerous people, at a near zero risk to the public.

In fact, and as the Complaint demonstrates, the Attorney General of New Jersey has been forced to continually “fix” glaring loopholes that have caused proven violent criminals–who should have never been assessed at a near zero risk to the public–to be released into communities. One such criminal, with a well-documented history of violence, killed Plaintiff’s son under Christie’s forced bailed reform–although the Laura and John Arnold Foundation share equal blame. According to the Complaint, because the Laura and John Arnold Foundation developed and peddled a risk assessment system that failed to take into account basic, common sense criminal criteria such as past sexual assaults and prior felony gun charges–the foundation shares, at least, equal blame for the death of Plaintiff’s son.

For the above reasons, and so many more, Mr. LePierre spoke before the Commission, trying to stop them from making the same fatal mistake that New Jersey made. No State should take the drastic measure of actually amending their own Constitution–thereby striping their constituents of their Constitutional right to monetary bail– to implement an unfocused, unconstitutional, rushed, and incomplete bail-reform system that has proven to cause unnecessary and unwanted public endangerment. Officials simply should not place political expediency over public safety.