A 15-year-old inmate sits in an isolation cell at the Santa Cruz County Juvenile Hall. Sitting on a bunk in his 8-by-10-foot cell, he described throwing a fit when he thought he was unfairly locked inside for several days IMAGE BY The Center for Investigative Reporting

Inside Calif. juvenile hall, rare glimpse at solitary confinement cells

Neither the state nor the federal government requires juvenile halls to report their use of isolation for minors – and no laws prohibit them from locking down youth for 23 hours a day.