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Should we continue the practice of solitary confinement in the United States criminal justice system

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Started: 1/19/2015 Category: Education
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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scholar1

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1. Solitary confinement is the isolation of a prisoner in a separate cell as a punishment in jail and prison.

2. Solitary confinement cause prisoners severe mental harm and places them at risk of even more devastating psychological harm in the future.

3. Craig Haney, a psychologist at UC, has estimated that a third of the population in solitary confinement are made up of mentally ill people.

4. The correctional system job is to rehabilitate their population in a way that they can be less of a social burden to society.

5. The system is breaking the people"s psychological state and are having enough funds to fix them in a way society can see them as able to join the free population.

6. Sociality is the tendency of groups and persons to develop social links and live in communities.

8. People that were in solitary confinement associate more with people that faced solitary confinement.

7. Would you want to be in solitary confinement where only a bed, shower, and a toilet is all you have for the next twenty- two to twenty-four hours of the day?

C. We should not continue the practice of solitary confinement in the United States criminal justice system.
antonellaa

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1. I agree with the definition of solitary confinement; however, I would also like to add that they are allowed to see/interact with prison guards.
2. Solitary confinement is not entirely immoral nor is it unethical.
3. Solitary confinement is good.
4. The eighth amendment states: “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”
5. Solitary confinement cannot be considered cruel and unusual punishment because it might be harmful to one’s psyche.
6. Regarding the statistic “…A third of the population in solitary confinement are made up of mentally ill people,” does that reflect our current time, or the past? Because in the past, prior to the eighth amendment, people that were mentally ill were considered a danger to society, so they incarcerated them. Thereafter, the ‘cruel and unusual’ part of the eighth amendment was created. If it is allowed, then it does not violate the eighth amendment.
7. I do not agree with it being a social burden. How is this a social burden if the prisoners are being placed in isolation? They are no longer a burden if they are out of sight.
8. Americans pay enough taxes on prisons and prisoners now, how is ‘fixing them in a way society can see them as able to join the free population’ going to lessen that amount? It won’t – it will only add to the massive amount of taxes each American citizen already has to pay.
9. There are other ways to integrate them back into society. For example look at a soldier returning home for war that's been diagnosed with PTSD. The mental state is clearly unstable; however, after some time they are able to socialize with society again. How? Because of their influences they have in their life. With the right motivation and incentive a person can accomplish whatever they want.
10. Forms of solitary confinement are used in every day life and work; for instance, children -- (instead of being hit) they are placed in a corner for an hour or two. These tactics are used for discipline.
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11. Therefore, solitary confinement is necessary, and we should continue the practice of it.

Non-controversial: premise 1 is stating, and adding to, the definition of solitary confinement. Premise 5 is what the eighth amendment states, nothing is being argued there. Premise 6 is asking for additional clarification because pro’s premise was too vague to determine what was meant by “…a third of the population.”

Controversial: All other premises can be refuted and argued. Because they did not state what was controversial and what was not, I had to assume. Therefore, making some of my arguments controversial in the process because I could not determine which premise to refute and which to agree with.

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