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Obama bans solitary confinement for juveniles

US President Barack Obama walks through the colonnade to the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 25, 2016President Barack Obama announced a ban on solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prisons Monday, citing the “heartbreaking” case of a teenager who spent two years in solitary after stealing a backpack and later killed himself. Obama, who is pushing to reform America’s overcrowded and expensive correctional system before the end of his presidency, wants to cut the number of people incarcerated in prisons, curb use of solitary confinement in general and end mandatory minimum sentences. Writing in an op-ed that was to appear in The Washington Post on Tuesday, the president said placing juvenile prisoners in solitary confinement is used too much and can have terrible psychological effects.

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