February 24, 2014 - Students from the Youth Justice Clinic were asked to submit testimony to Congress based on their report, Rethinking Rikers: Moving From a Correctional to a Therapeutic Model for Youth. They urged members to ban the use of solitary confinement in juvenile detention centers housing youth under 18 years old. Students also urged a broader systemic move towards a therapeutic model for teenagers accused of crimes. The February 25 hearing is titled "Reassessing Solitary Confinement: The Human Rights, Fiscal, and Public Safety Consequences."
Rethinking Rikers was issued after months of work visiting Riker's Island, and doing a comparison with other models for treatment of youth around the country.