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Advocates seek to end solitary confinement options for young offenders
Advocates seek to end solitary confinement options for young offenders

Daivion Davis, 21, was convicted of second-degree attempted murder and voluntary manslaughter in 2009 after he opened fire in a gang shooting that killed a 16-year-old honors student attending the homecoming football game at Wilson High School in Long Beach. During his time at Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall in Sylmar, he made more than three dozen trips to the solitary confinement unit, Davis says. Those stays, he says, ranged from four hours to 17 days. A few times, guards sent him there for fighting. At other times, they put him in "the box" for walking too slowly, not going to his room when ordered, for disrespecting staff or for drug possession. Over time, he says, his anger...

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