Stories of Successful Reduction of Seclusion and Restraint

At the Seclusion and Restraint Reduction Leadership Group’s quarterly meeting on April 10, 2014, Michael Martinez from Bexar County Juvenile Probation presented his strategies for reducing seclusion and restraint in juvenile detention facilities. Through staff training and adoption of trauma-informed practices and youth-centered activities such as equine therapy, ropes courses, and art and music projects, the use of restraints decreased by 56.6% between 2007 and 2013. That represents hundreds of fewer restraints used on young people in juvenile detention.


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