Bresha Meadows is on Suicide Watch

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October 4, 2016 by socialaction2014

#FreeBresha

Our coalition to #FreeBresha recently learned from Bresha Meadows’ mother that Bresha is now on suicide watch at Trumbull County Juvenile Detention Center in Ohio.

We are devastated and enraged but not surprised to hear that incarcerating Bresha is further endangering her life. The domination and isolation of incarceration mirror conditions of domestic violence and abuse. Caging a child compounds their trauma, as evidenced by young people’s’ suicides, suicide attempts, self-harm, and the worsening of mental health symptoms while incarcerated (Hayes, 2009; Ford, Chapman, Hawke, & Albert 2007). State-sanctioned harms of incarceration impact girls of color disproportionately, severely, and with deadly force.

Bresha has lived in fear for her entire life and these state-sanctioned harms only escalate that fear. Ohio officials have failed Bresha at every turn — police refused to support her when she sought their help; prosecutors have imprisoned her, isolating her and cutting her off from her…

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