Today in One Paragraph
President Obama outlined a ban on solitary confinement for juvenile offenders in federal prison in an op-ed. Donald Trump picked up the endorsement of Jerry Falwell, Jr. Some of America’s largest companies said that they’ll provide aid to Flint, Michigan, where the water supply has been contaminated. Cleveland fired six of its police officers involved in a fatal 2012 car chase. And, overseas, the pope met with the president of Iran.
Scaling Back Solitary Confinement. In an op-ed published by The Washington Post, President Obama said that solitary confinement for juvenile offenders can lead to “devastating, lasting psychological consequences.” The new measures announced by the president also prevent corrections officers from punishing inmates who commit “low-level infractions” with solitary confinement. (Juliet Eilperin)
Falwell Backs Trump. Jerry Falwell Jr., an evangelical leader and the president of Liberty University, endorsed Donald Trump for president. Trump is “a successful executive and entrepreneur, a wonderful father and a man who I believe can lead our country to greatness again,” he said in a statement. (Eliza Collins, Politico)
Private Sector Donates to Flint. Walmart, Coca-Cola, Nestlé, and PepsiCo announced that they will deliver 6.5 million water bottles, enough for Flint’s 10,000 students, through the end of the year to help alleviate the city’s water crisis. But the donation also “represents the displacement of government by corporations.” (David Graham, The Atlantic)