Mecklenburg County Sheriff Capt. Jeff Eason oversees daily operations at Jail North. There, some 16- and 17-year-olds are held alone in cells for 23 hours each day, with no visitors, no access to phones and no library books. Eason says jail officers need to be able to separate troublemakers from the general jail population. But critics call that practice torture.
Mecklenburg County Sheriff Capt. Jeff Eason oversees daily operations at Jail North. There, some 16- and 17-year-olds are held alone in cells for 23 hours each day, with no visitors, no access to phones and no library books. Eason says jail officers need to be able to separate troublemakers from the general jail population. But critics call that practice torture. John D. Simmons jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
Mecklenburg County Sheriff Capt. Jeff Eason oversees daily operations at Jail North. There, some 16- and 17-year-olds are held alone in cells for 23 hours each day, with no visitors, no access to phones and no library books. Eason says jail officers need to be able to separate troublemakers from the general jail population. But critics call that practice torture. John D. Simmons jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

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