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zkolodny
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toootrooo
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Perpetual Solitary Confinement Violates the 8th Amendment of the United States Constitution

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Started: 3/23/2014 Category: Politics
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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zkolodny

Pro

Debate Format

Round 1
-Acceptance

Rounds 2-4-Arguements/Rebuttals

Round 5-Conclusions

toootrooo

Con

Doesn't matter what amendment it violates the US is not a democracy and people's so-called right are railroaded at will by the powerful. Ninety percent of American did not want, condone or support the invasion of Iraq and yet...... what amendment does that violate? A child that is treated with love, understanding and respect as A PERSON will not require punishment as he will find nothing he need rebel against as all will be intelligently explained to him/her including their boundaries and limitations.
Debate Round No. 1
zkolodny

Pro

I ask that my partner state a specific arguement agaisnt the resolution that "Perpetual Solitary Confinement Violates the 8th Amendment of the United States Constitution." In the mean time, I will proceed to my opening arguement. Perpetual solitary confinement has detrimental effects on a prisoner as "...half of all American prison suicides are committed by prisoners held in isolation", according to nationalpost.com. In addition, there was a prisoner in solitary confinement who saw a prisoner go "...in that m[solitary confinement] for three years because they went off on a police officer..." (according to aeon.com). Is this anyway to run what is supposed to be a just and humane justice system. Do these high suicide rates not constitute cruel and unusual punishments?

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toootrooo

Con

toootrooo forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
zkolodny

Pro

I ask that my debate opponent put forth an arguement, In the meanwhile, I might add, isn't cruel and unusual punishment known to purposefully inflict unecessary pain (physical/emotional) on a prisoner. Therefore, isn't being cramed in a 6*10 ft cell a cause of unecessary pain?
toootrooo

Con

toootrooo forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
zkolodny

Pro

zkolodny forfeited this round.
toootrooo

Con

toootrooo forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
zkolodny

Pro

Perpetual Solitary confinement has well know detrimental effects on the psychological well-being of prisoners. How is that not cruel an unusual?
toootrooo

Con

toootrooo forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 5
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