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  • A better solution is needed.

    Solitary confinement may not be the ideal way to deal with violent or unruly criminals, but it is the current option. When it comes to potential mental health strains on the offender -vs- safety of others in the path of this person, I will side with solitary confinement. At least until someone provides a better solution to dealing with these people who are dangerous to both other people and themselves.

  • Yes solitary confinement is called for with insubordinate criminals.

    Yes, I do believe that solitary confinement is constitutional, and is in no way a breach of the constitution stating that it is cruel and unusual punishment. I think that criminals who are extremely insubordinate may need to be placed into solitary confinement in order to protect themselves and others and it should be a viable option.

  • The 8th Amendment Doesn't Apply

    Think of the people who are sent to solitary confinement. These aren't criminals who bootlegged a DVD that one time last year. It's used for criminals who are a danger to themselves or others around them. The eighth amendment says jack about solitary confinement because it is no way "cruel" or "unusual". The well-being of others plays a key factor in determining whether a person is subjected to solitary confinement or not. If capital punishment is out of the question, mitigating their harms on society and in prison is the next best thing. They lost their right to freedom the moment they committed their crime.

  • Solitary confinement has been a common way to deal with "dangerous" peoples for long periods of time. It triples the annual cost of incarceration.

    Maybe solitary confinement does more harm than good. Many who come out of solitary confinement result to suicide in the extreme cases. Since the 1980's many have endured the pains of the 10 foot by 7 foot room 23 hours a day. No "lights out" and no contacts with the outside world. Is solitary confinement punishment or cruelty? How about "cruel or unusual" as the 8th amendment is supposed to protect you?

  • It is bad

    Solitary confinement is very bad. Here is information why

    --In 2005, forty-four prisoners in the California prison system committed suicide, 70% of whom were in solitary confinement.

    --A national study of 401 jail suicides in 1986 found that two out of three were among those held in a control unit.

    --A 2007 study examining attempted suicide in the prison system identified solitary confinement as a major factor in suicidal ideation and suicide attempts.

  • Solitary confinement unconstitutional

    Many inmates in solitary suffer from mental illness, but even more suffer from mental, and physical disorders after they get out. In an article I read on NPR, Dan Cabana, the former warden for Parchman prison, said “I think we're taking some bad folks and we're making them even worse, we're making them even meaner.” Being in solitary confinement can in so many ways increase risks of self harm and suicide. In every almost every article I read about solitary confinement there was some mention of physical self harm and or suicide.

  • Prolonged solitary confinement is cruel and unusual punishment.

    Prolonged use of solitary confinement has profound psychological effects on those subjected it. The following excerpts are from a fact sheet ( http://bit.Ly/X1bgYX) by Solitary Watch presenting findings of multiple studies on the impacts of solitary confinement. Any control tactic that results in the following certainly qualifies as cruel and unusual punishment, the use of which is unconstitutional.

    --Since the 1970s, research has been amassed indicating that solitary confinement does alter neural and therefore psychological states. One study found that those in solitary developed psycho pathologies at higher rates than those in the general population (28% vs. 15%).

    --Another study... Found that the prisoners exhibited decreased EEG activity, indicative of increased theta activity, which is related to stress, tension, and anxiety.

    --Prisoners in solitary confinement have been found to engage in self-mutilation at rates higher than the general population.

    --In 2005, forty-four prisoners in the California prison system committed suicide, 70% of whom were in solitary confinement.

    --A national study of 401 jail suicides in 1986 found that two out of three were among those held in a control unit.

    --A 2007 study examining attempted suicide in the prison system identified solitary confinement as a major factor in suicidal ideation and suicide attempts.


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