Video shows teen kept in solitary confinement
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (News Channel 5) – A newly released video shows another Rutherford County teen held in solitary confinement while awaiting trial.
The video obtained by Nashville’s News Channel 5 shows a 17-year-old in his jail cell sleeping. He did little else for three months – such is life in isolation.
“Currently he’s housed out of sight, sound and touch of anybody. It’s something that’s always on my mind whenever you have to house a juvenile,” said Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold.
He said it’s tough, but he had no choice. A judge transferred the teen’s robbery case to adult court so he was moved from juvenile detention to the jail.
The law requires he be kept away from adult inmates. Sheriff Arnold complied, but said 90 days alone clearly takes it’s toll.
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