“It [isolation] has a detrimental effect on a youth’s treatment, education, physical health and mental health,” DRA executive director Tom Masseau said, speaking to David Ramsey for his two-part story about youth in isolation at juvenile treatment facilities.  Part I of the story focuses on isolation practices at the state’s largest juvenile facility, Arkansas Juvenile Assessment and Treatment Center, while part II focuses on isolation practices at the Dermott Juvenile Treatment Center.

To read part II of this series, which includes DRA’s contention that the isolation practices continued even after the state took over responsibility for running the Dermott facility from a private contractor, and that the lack of a policy on isolation has contributed to confusion and inconsistent practices, click here: Kids in Isolation: Locked Away in Dermott