The Constitution doesn’t place age requirements on our freedoms. ACLU-TN works to ensure that every student has the equal opportunity to attend nurturing and safe schools that provide high quality education free from discrimination. Highlights of our youth rights work include defending students’ free speech and privacy rights, preserving students’ religious freedom, protecting LGBT youth from harassment and bullying, and working to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline.
A 16-year-old Shelby County girl has been held in solitary confinement for more than four months now, spending over 22 hours per day alone in a cell. Juveniles must be segregated from the adult inmate population, but holding children in solitary confinement — which has devastating consequences for young people’s social and psychological development — is not a solution.