Solitary Confinement—or ‘Room Confinement’?

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What a difference a word makes.

A year ago, supporters of a bill to end solitary confinement in California’s juvenile detention facilities were lamenting the bill’s failure and gearing up for a new fight. At a press conference in San Francisco in early December, state Sen. Mark Leno, the Bay Area lawmaker who authored the failed bill, announced plans to re-introduce it in 2016.

To signal his frustration, he proposed calling it the “Stop Torture of Children . . .

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