By Nancy Kunkler, public relations manager, Alliance

In an opinion column that appears in Youth Today and Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, Susan Dreyfus, president and CEO of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, praises actions taken by President Barack Obama and lawmakers to end solitary confinement among young people in the justice system, and especially their use of brain science to inform their decisions.

"Solitary Reform Shows Power of Brain Science to Change Policy," sites both President Obama and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) for using research and data in working to restrict the use of juvenile solitary confinement.

She also sites the Alliance's Change in Mind initiative by pointing out that the cohort members are studying the integration of brain science research into the nonprofit sector.

Says Dreyfus in the column, "Both of these examples and others across the country tell us that the compelling brain science is finally starting to make its way into the formation of policies—and we need to keep it going."