Obama bans solitary confinement for juveniles, announces other criminal justice reforms

US President Barack Obama, alongside Charles Samuels (R), Bureau of Prisons Director, and Ronald Warlick (L), a correctional officer, tours a cell block at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Oklahoma, July 16, 2015. Obama is the firs

President Obama has banned solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prison.

The ban is one of many reforms he announced on Monday, six months after he asked Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the Department of Justice to look at the use of solitary confinement in prisons across the nation. In an op-ed published in the Washington Post, President Obama outlined the problems with solitary.  Read More