To Protect Our Children and Fight the Coronavirus, Release Youth from Juvenile Detention

Originally published by Juvenile Justic Clinic at Loyola Law School, Samanth Buckingham on 01/04/2020


Children are suffering from increased isolation, reduced educational opportunities and limited access to mental health treatment while they remain in detention during the Covid-19 pandemic. Advocates are pushing for the release of all youth who can safely return home to their family or caregiver and the halting of any new detentions.Results from a national poll revealed broad bipartisan support for the early release of some youth held in detention. The poll found that:– Sixty percent of likely voters support releasing juveniles whose sentences end within the next six months, including fifty-four percent of Republicans; and– Fifty-eight percent of voters prefer early release to solitary confinement conditions imposed on juveniles during a pandemic, including fifty percent of Republicans.

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