A Ban On Solitary Confinement. Thanks, President Obama


Juliet Eilperin: Obama Bans Solitary Confinement For Juveniles In Federal Prisons

President Obama on Monday announced a ban on solitary confinement for juvenile offenders in the federal prison system, saying the practice is overused and has the potential for devastating psychological consequences. In an op-ed that appears in Tuesday editions of The Washington Post, the president outlines a series of executive actions that also prohibit federal corrections officials from punishing prisoners who commit “low-level infractions” with solitary confinement. The new rules also call for expanding treatment for mentally ill prisoners. The president’s reforms are expected to affect about 10,000 inmates. The reforms come six months after Obama, as part of a broader criminal-justice reform push, ordered the Justice Department to study how solitary confinement was being used by the federal Bureau of Prisons.

“How can we subject prisoners to unnecessary solitary confinement, knowing its effects, and then expect them to return to our communities as whole people?” the president wrote in his op-ed. “It doesn’t make us safer. It’s an affront to our common humanity.” He said he hoped his reforms at the federal level will serve as a model for states to rethink their rules on the issue. At least a dozen states have taken steps in the past two years to curtail the use of solitary confinement, either in response to lawsuits or through legislative and administrative changes. An increasing number of studies show a connection between isolating prisoners and higher rates of recidivism.

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130 Responses to “A Ban On Solitary Confinement. Thanks, President Obama”

  1. 1 Roberta in MN
    January 25, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    Thanks Nerdy. Love this man t pieces,

    • 2 Judith Fardig
      January 25, 2016 at 10:46 pm

      Congratulations on first, Roberta! Couldn’t agree more about our President Obama! Thanks to Nerdy Wonka and Chips for keeping us up to the minute on all Obama accomplishments.

  2. 3 LDS
    January 25, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    Congrats Roberta!
    Our President is doing what he does best…….CARE!

  3. 5 Nerdy Wonka
    January 25, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    • 6 jackiegrumbacher
      January 25, 2016 at 9:33 pm

      Two important steps forward: ban cruel and unnecessary punishment for juveniles and save their emotional and mental health; and vindicate a women’s health organization that has been viciously targeted by criminals. This how the arc of the moral universe bends toward justice. Thanks for highlighting both of these developments, Nerdy.

  4. 10 Obama Grandmama
    January 25, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    Great idea!

    • 11 Obama Grandmama
      January 25, 2016 at 9:07 pm

      My comment had to do with PBO’s EO banning solitary confinement. Thought I was going to be first upon responding to the post. Wishful thinking!

  5. 12 jacquelineoboomer
    January 25, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    NW – This is wonderful news. I can barely speak, thinking of it. Thanks for letting us know – would have missed it, otherwise.

    And now to watch the town hall.

  6. January 25, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    I’m speechless. This man humbles us every single day.
    I have nothing but love and respect for him.

  7. January 25, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    Whenever I complain about MSM here in the States……I’m always reminded I could be living in India! cc AMK

    • 19 amk for obama
      January 25, 2016 at 9:23 pm

      first of all it’s reuters, (hq:ny. hint, hint). second, they have zero footprint here.

      Here most of the news media is against rw’ers. They are all noisy, really, really noisy, but they don’t go around spreading rw bs.

    • 23 arapaho415
      January 25, 2016 at 11:11 pm

      GE LP, amk.

      I think it’s great — you guys have a sense of humor, so you should be glad that (a few) people in India know about @ElBloombito’s return:

  8. January 25, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    Peyton got his ring…..Not only is Cam my favorite player and fellow AU grad, but I want him to win just to see all the haters go apesh*t 😀 😀

    • 26 mtmarilyn
      January 25, 2016 at 9:47 pm

      LP, I have always been a Bronco fan, we use to live in Boulder, but I also have become a Panther fan, so if the Panthers win I would be okay. I just don’t want it to be a blowout. The Broncos have had their share of those.

      • January 25, 2016 at 10:54 pm

        The Seattle/Bronco SB started off so ugly and they never recovered. I’m actually really worried about D.Ware/Von Miller coming off the edge & Chris Harris/Talib are studs in the secondary. I think the difference in the game will be if Carolina can run the ball, but I think it will be a close game regardless.

  9. 28 Nerdy Wonka
    January 25, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    HEADS UP: First Lady Michelle Obama will on Conan’s show tonight at 11PM ET/10PM CT on TBS.

    • 29 MadameSoph
      January 25, 2016 at 10:21 pm

      Thanks for the heads up Nerdy! I cut the cable cord but I can watch YouTube on my TV via my Tivo Roamio OTA and I watch Conan clips regularly. I’m sure he’ll upload all the FLOTUS segments to the YouTube channel. I’ll be on the lookout.

  10. January 25, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    ICYMI some of my fav blizzard tweets 😎

  11. January 25, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    #BEASTMODE 😀 😀 😀 😀

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

  12. January 25, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    Thanks President Obama…he keeps moving FOWARD no matter what

    Thanks Nerdy for gathering these tweets together…

  13. January 25, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    Time to watch Serena hopefully beat Maria’s butt at the Australian Open

  14. 35 amk for obama
    January 25, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    how is the lamey ducky thingy workin’ for ya, thugs?

  15. 36 JER
    January 25, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    Sunny (grab shot with the iPhone).

    A post shared by Pete Souza (archived) (@petesouza44) on

  16. 40 amk for obama
    January 25, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    go serena. 6-4 furst set.

  17. 41 mtmarilyn
    January 25, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    Is anyone watching the townhall? I tried to watch but just can’t handle listening to Bernie. OMalley is on now and can’t listen to him either.

    • 42 jacquelineoboomer
      January 25, 2016 at 10:36 pm

      Personally, I enjoyed listening to Bernie tonight (more conversational, in this forum), more than I am listening to Hillary (seems to have had too much energy drink over dinner). I fast forwarded through O’Malley (he just doesn’t seem ready for prime time).

      Go figure, eh? For me, it switches back and forth!

      • January 25, 2016 at 10:46 pm

        I don’t like some of Bernie supporter, some of them rub me the wrong way.

        • 44 jacquelineoboomer
          January 25, 2016 at 11:10 pm

          Some are like the PUMAs after ’08.

          • 45 mtmarilyn
            January 25, 2016 at 11:18 pm

            I just have a hard time with his voice and how he says things. This is just me right now. I didn’t listen to anymore tonight.

            • 46 jacquelineoboomer
              January 25, 2016 at 11:28 pm

              I get it. I kind of alternate between Bernie and Hillary and back again. Other than voting for the Democratic nominee, whoever it is, I’m not really into much of this banter – just trying to maintain some interest.

              • January 26, 2016 at 7:25 am

                This is me. In the beginning i was hoping that OMalley would be the one but i agree with you he is not ready. I do not want Sanders nor Hillary, but Sanders i want the least

  18. 48 amk for obama
    January 25, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    s breaks m. 2-0, 2nd set.

  19. January 25, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    Right.. I can’t watch the damn thing either. Any assessments so far on the town hall?

  20. January 25, 2016 at 10:14 pm

  21. 51 amk for obama
    January 25, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    3-0 now.

    beebs blog.

    If history tells us anything – and it tells us Sharapova has only managed to win three sets in 20 matches against Williams – then the Russian is not going to stem the tide. Another love hold for Williams.

    Just 3 sets?

  22. 53 Dudette
    January 25, 2016 at 10:16 pm

  23. January 25, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    What a doll!

  24. 58 amk for obama
    January 25, 2016 at 10:25 pm


  25. 59 Dudette
    January 25, 2016 at 10:29 pm

  26. 61 amk for obama
    January 25, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    6-4, 6-1.

  27. 64 Dudette
    January 25, 2016 at 10:39 pm

  28. January 25, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    Serena 6-4 ……..6-1.

  29. 66 jacquelineoboomer
    January 25, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    Perhaps EJ is not a Hillary fan, eh?

  30. January 25, 2016 at 10:57 pm

  31. 72 Dudette
    January 25, 2016 at 11:01 pm

  32. 73 Dudette
    January 25, 2016 at 11:03 pm

  33. 74 jacquelineoboomer
    January 25, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    Hillary’s last 5 minutes during the town hall, when she spoke of Abraham Lincoln and “our better angels,” were her best! Good ending.

    • 75 mtmarilyn
      January 25, 2016 at 11:24 pm

      Thank you. I am just not good at watching since it’s no Obama.

    • January 25, 2016 at 11:59 pm

      I’m glad she was last. Most likely to leave a more lasting impression on undecided. I appreciated what President Obama had to say about Hillary and about vetting Bernie today. In this instance she is clearly the one who is going to continue the Obama legacy, and at the same time she needs to align herself to his presidency to convince loyal voters of the Obama coalition.

  34. January 25, 2016 at 11:06 pm

  35. January 25, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    Great preview of the Western Conference finals on NBA TV right now! End of 1Q Warriors 29 Spurs 23

  36. January 25, 2016 at 11:28 pm

  37. January 25, 2016 at 11:30 pm

  38. January 25, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    This MF trying to pull some shady stuff (Brother GOP Gov. of Nebraska) big Scott Walker donor, and was going to fund that nasty birther campaign against President Obama, until Rahm Emanuel threatened to pull the funding for Wrigley Feild renovation (family owns Cubs)

    Sen. McCaskill is on it:

    example B:

  39. January 25, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    Watching Conan, enjoying it. Enjoy seeing FLOTUS also.

  40. 104 jacquelineoboomer
    January 25, 2016 at 11:53 pm

  41. 105 mtmarilyn
    January 25, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    I just saw this on Facebook and wouldn’t be surprised if the did. “The Republican Congress just changed the name of the San Andreas Fault to Barack Obama’s Fault”

  42. 106 jacquelineoboomer
    January 26, 2016 at 12:06 am

    Al Giordano followed me. Am I part of the cool crowd now? #Kidding

    • 107 jacquelineoboomer
      January 26, 2016 at 12:12 am

      • 108 arapaho415
        January 26, 2016 at 12:21 am

        Never saw this even though it was on TV countless times as I was growing up (before VCR/DVRs… too cool for my own good in my younger years 😦 ), but wasn’t this the musical that “76 Trombones” is from?).

  43. January 26, 2016 at 12:18 am

    Mamma, there goes that man!!!!! ….mind you Kawai Leonard was the defensive player of the year in 2015 & former NBA Finals MVP

  44. 112 jacquelineoboomer
    January 26, 2016 at 12:33 am

  45. 115 amk for obama
    January 26, 2016 at 12:34 am

  46. 116 amk for obama
    January 26, 2016 at 12:35 am

  47. 117 amk for obama
    January 26, 2016 at 12:40 am

    all these msm ratfuckers should be charged with aiding to perpetrating fraud.

  48. 118 Dudette
    January 26, 2016 at 1:00 am

    King Roger is holding court!

  49. 119 amk for obama
    January 26, 2016 at 1:15 am

    fedex into semis with straight sets win.

    • 120 99ts
      January 26, 2016 at 2:03 am

      Too easy – hope Murray loses tonight – aoart from anything else he is being the anti Federer speaking about Tomic

  50. 121 jacquelineoboomer
    January 26, 2016 at 1:25 am

    Too tired to read this tonight, but I’ll offer it up for the lovely photos! Goodnight, TODville and all the ships at sea!

  51. 122 99ts
    January 26, 2016 at 2:09 am

    And Cruz decides to lie about gun control in Australia

    I would like to suggest what Cruz can do with his guns – but not on TOD

    It is a joy to live in a country where one can go to school, college, the movies, a political event – and anywhere else with the knowledge that you DO NOT have to be concerned about an idiot with a gun. Cruz can keep his dipshit ideas well out of Australia

  52. 123 Obama Grandmama
    January 26, 2016 at 2:12 am

    Did not know about a Dem Town Hall today so missed it. I hope someone can find it and put it on the blog tomorrow.

  53. 124 99ts
    January 26, 2016 at 6:41 am

    you watching the cricket amk? Your guys look to be bowling our lot out!

  54. 125 Dudette
    January 26, 2016 at 6:53 am

    • January 26, 2016 at 9:02 am

      I read the article and is it me or did that Daily Beast writer sound like a freaking right wing hater. Any time you can entertain the troops, who are stuck over there away from family and loved ones, show them alittle love, say thanks for what they are doing, what is wrong with that. I watched Conan last night and glad I did.

  55. 127 Dudette
    January 26, 2016 at 6:56 am

  56. 128 Dudette
    January 26, 2016 at 6:58 am

  57. 129 Dudette
    January 26, 2016 at 7:07 am

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