Kids in isolation: locked away in Alexander

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Critics raise concerns about confining kids alone at juvenile facilities. Part one of a two-part series. In April, a 15-year-old boy housed at the Arkansas Juvenile Assessment and Treatment Center spent the entire day alone in a small cell. Michael (the names of juveniles in this story have been changed to protect their anonymity) was put in a hold by a guard and taken out of his classroom at the facility's school. As he repeatedly said, "I am not resisting" and "no aggression" — a phrase used at AJATC to indicate compliance — Michael was brought across campus to Building 19. Once used as a maximum-security facility to house a program for serious juvenile offenders, part of Building 19 is now used to...

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