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Sara Mayeux

“Judge Bars Youth Prisons From Routine Shackling”

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From the New York Times: A New York state judge has called for the repeal of the state juvenile prison system’s policy of routinely shackling juvenile offenders when transporting them to court — with no individualized determination of whether the youth poses a danger, and even for those kids in custody for minor offenses like truancy or graffiti:

Justice Tingling found that the agency’s policy violated the state’s own law on shackling youths in custody, which states that shackles should be used only as a last resort, for youths who are dangerous and uncontrollable by any other means, and then only for half an hour. And shackles can be used during transport only when the youths pose a physical threat, the judge found.

The class action lawsuit challenging the policy was brought by the Legal Aid Society. See this post from yesterday for more on New York’s beleaguered juvenile prison system.

Written by sara

January 27, 2010 at 12:34 pm

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