SB 1143 WILL ENSURE THAT YOUTH WHO ARE LOCKED UP IN COUNTY JUVENILE HALLS, PROBATION CAMPS AND RANCHES, OR STATE YOUTH PRISONS (DIVISION OF JUVENILE JUSTICE) ARE NO LONGER SUBJECT TO OVERUSE, MISUSE AND LONG-TERM USE OF LOCKED ROOM CONFINEMENT, INCLUDING ISOLATION FROM HUMAN CONTACT AND PROGRAMMING.
1. Defines room confinement as the placement of a person in a sleeping room or cell alone with minimal contact from facility staff or attorneys, (not including sleeping hours or confinement for brief periods of time necessary for institutional operations);
2. Provides that room confinement shall only be used after all less restrictive options have been attempted and exhausted (such as separating youth for a short cool-down period, verbal de-escalation tactics, building healthy relationships with staff and youth, transformative justice circles, counseling, and mental health and suicide intervention);
3. Provides that room confinement cannot be used to the extent that it compromises the mental and physical health of the person;
4. Provides that room confinement shall not be used for the purposes of punishment, coercion, convenience, or retaliation by staff; and
5. Limits room confinement to four hours; room confinement lasting beyond four hours requires an individualized plan, documentation, authorization and oversight.