Conditions at Texas's Polunsky Unit clearly constitute cruel and unusual punishment. Prisoners are kept under perpetual solitary confinement until their execution date. Under these conditions, many prisoners will develop adverse psychological effects from their confinement. In addition, many resort to suicide or even waiving their appeals. death row inmates in Texas's Polunsky Unit receive few accomodations. They are only allowed to exercise 5 times a week for a short period of time, and when they do it is in a cage. They are stuck perpetually in their cells for 22 hours a day, which is certainly likely to cause adverse psychological effects. Also, their cells are only 60 square feet. Thus, I argue, death row conditions at the Polunsky Unit consitute cruel and unusual punishment.
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This debate is regarding death row conditions at the Polunsky Unit, and not regarding the question of whether or not we should have the Death Penalty. I maintain my argument that conditions of death row at the Polunsky Unit constitute cruel and unusual punishment.
Anyways, as Mother Jones points out, the Polunsky Death Row unit often has detrimental effects on the mental well being of inmates. These conditions lead prisoners to act irrationally and eratically. How is this not cruel and unusual punishment?