Juveniles make up a relatively small percentage of the federal prison population. President Obama's decision to forbid the placement of those juveniles into solitary confinement does not affect a large number of people. It does, however, contribute to the growing understanding of the damage done by this type of confinement. Several states have also begun changing their policies regarding the use of solitary confinement.
Few people enjoy seeing their names associated with criminal accusations. If you are unfortunate enough to find yourself the subject of a criminal investigation, you would likely prefer that the matter be handled discreetly. In the best case scenario, you and your defense lawyer will be able to get the charges dropped before the case has a chance to disrupt your life. When publicity is unavoidable, however, it is important to consider the right way to approach the situation.
Most Americans believe they have a right to privacy. Few are aware of the limits of that right when it comes to law enforcement. Modern technology provides law enforcement personnel with a range of options when it comes to gathering data about individual citizens. The proliferation of cameras, cell phones and social media has put us all on display in a way that was unimaginable even a few short years ago.
Many people are aware of the fact that prisons are not a fun place to be. Some believe that horrible conditions are actually a deterrent that will stop people from committing crimes once they understand what is in store. This thinking probably contributes to the apathy that has led to the shocking and deplorable treatment of so many U.S. prisoners at the hands of guards and administrators.