Zenker, Roberta, and Beth Brenneman. Solitary Confinement at Pine Hills: An Investigation Report by Disability Rights Montana. September 5, 2018.
In May 2018, a concerned staff member at Pine Hills Youth Correctional Facility contacted Disability Rights Montana (DRM) to report abuse allegations. This staff member alleged that the facility used solitary confinement as a form of punishment, particularly for one youth who was confined to a cell and supposed to be let out for one hour per day; often, however, it was even less than an hour. DRM began an investigation and visited the facility, reviewing records and policies, interviewing the staff member and the identified youth, and speaking with the deputy superintendent and others. This report outlines the findings of DRM’s investigation.
Key words: restrictive housing, segregated housing, segregation, juveniles, juvenile detention, juvenile justice, conditions of confinement, adolescent psychology, mental health, child abuse