It was in 2005 that the Supreme Court ruled the death penalty for a juvenile was cruel and unusual punishment. In 2010 the Supreme Court ruled that Juvenile Life Without Parole for crimes other than murder was cruel and unusual punishment. In 2012 the Supreme Court ruled that Juvenile Life Without Parole for murder was cruel and unusual punishment. With all these changes, there is hope that we will address conditions of confinement for juvenile offenders.
Imagine being confined in a bathroom for your entire life, having your movements scheduled and controlled, having your time outside controlled and never being free to make any choices. Imagine sitting in the bathroom knowing that you will die there. Life sentences are death sentences. Have we truly moved away from the death penalty?
Here are two articles with insight into juvenile solitary confinement and also the death penalty (from the executioner). Perhaps they will stir you to help change our current criminal justice practices.
Solitary Watch - Scarred by Solitary: Experiencing Prison Isolation As a Kid
Washington Post - Ex-Virginia executioner becomes opponent of death penalty