ACLU Joins Juvenile Action

The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee on Thursday joined a lawsuit against the Department of Children’s Services and the Rutherford County Juvenile Detention Center to end the use of solitary confinement for children.

On Monday, a federal judge ordered the release of a 15-year-old detainee with developmental disabilities who had been placed in isolation five days earlier on April 20. U.S. District Court Judge Todd Campbell also set a hearing in the case for May 5.

A Rutherford County juvenile judge ordered a mental health evaluation on March 18 for the boy after his arrest for aggravated robbery, but that did not take place until after he was released from confinement, according to Mark Downton, an attorney for the boy and his mother who originally filed suit in the federal court.


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