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Solitary Confinement For Minors

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Bill chased the story about juveniles in solitary confinement.  New Jersey Juvenile Justice System is one of the only places that still uses solitary confinement for children as young as 14 where these kids can spend up to 5 days, 23 hours a day in a cell.  But, now the ACLU has filed a petition saying that it's cruel and unusual punishment and it has to stop. 

So, Bill went and spent some time in solitary confinement in a 7x6 cell with a toilet and steel bed to get a firsthand look at the experience that some of these kids have to go through.

Bill said that the ACLU spoke to some kids who were put through this and one described their experience at 15 as wanting to "die" or "hurt someone" after being put in solitary.  In fact, it didn't take long for Bill to realize how damaging it could be in the cell and he knew he was able to leave.

The NJ Juvenile Justice System released a statement that they are "continuing to investigate this and meet with the ALCU to find out if there are other options."  In the studio, the Chasers express their very different opinions on the matter.

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