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Former juvenile prisoner fights against locking away teens in solitary confinement

Rock Center

Teens held in adult jails and prisons are often kept in solitary confinement for their own protection. On Friday’s edition of Rock Center, Ted Koppel investigated the mental health risks of solitary confinement on teenagers.

Ted Koppel sat down with Kevin DeMott who ended up in adult prison for an attempted armed robbery he committed when he was 13. Kevin was held in solitary confinement for much of the time he says he was locked up. Now 21 years old, he is out on parole and is working with his mother Lois DeMott to advocate for prison reform in Michigan.

You can learn more about Kevin and his mother Lois DeMott’s advocacy work through Citizens for Prison Reform.