Landmark Settlement Approved On Juveniles’ Confinement

2000

A federal judge approves the settlement of a lawsuit brought on behalf of youths at the South Dakota State Training School, an incarceration facility. The settlement ends various abusive conditions of confinement, such as the placement of boys and girls in isolation cells for as many as 23 hours a day, for weeks and sometimes months at a time. The settlement also provides for improvements in medical and mental health care for the children.