North Idaho Teen Double Murder Suspect Released From Solitary Confinement, Returned to Juvenile Facility


A teen accused of murdering his father and brother in March has been returned to a juvenile detention center from the Kootenai County Jail, where he had been held since a July 2 judge's order, the Coeur d'Alene Press reports

Eldon Samuel III, who is 14 years old, is being tried as an adult for the crimes. During his time in the Kootenai County Jail, he was incarcerated in a cell segregated from the prison population because of his age. In mid-July, ACLU-Idaho filed documents in Kootenai County Court saying that Samuel's treatment there was "worse than the Guantanamo Bay detention camp," requesting that Samuel be relocated to a juvenile detention facility.

"Solitary confinement is well known to cause grave psychological harm to adults, and youth are even more vulnerable to prolonged isolation," Interim Executive Director of ACLU-Idaho Leo Morales said. "In the context of Eldon's case, the psychological trauma caused by solitary confinement as amounts to undeserved punishment before trial, resulting in violation of his constitutional rights to due process."