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Four imprisoned teens win cash settlement from King County in ban on youth solitary confinement
SEATTLE -- Kids locked up on criminal charges – even very serious ones – may no longer be held in long-term isolation in King County. That ban on solitary confinement for youths strengthens an Executive Order signed by King County Executive Dow Constantine last year, both of which are responses to a lawsuit filed by Columbia Legal Services on behalf of four teens who were isolated, sometimes for months, in Kent’s Regional Justice Center. The teens – all under 18 but charged as adults – had been locked in solitary confinement as punishment for defying officers.