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Feds: Baltimore jail illegally keeping juveniles in solitary
Feds: Baltimore jail illegally keeping juveniles in solitary

Teenagers awaiting trial on adult charges in Baltimore are being kept in solitary confinement far too long — up to 143 days in one case, according to a highly critical review by the U.S. Justice Department's Division of Civil Rights. Federal prosecutors say being isolated for more than a short period of time can damage a person's mental health — especially if it's a teenager whose brain is still developing. But teenagers accused of breaking rules inside the Baltimore City Detention Center are being isolated for 13 days on average, and in some cases, far longer. A federal review found some improvements at the detention center, but concluded that eight years...

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