Oct 10, 2015 | By: A Woman

Solitary confinement - The Horrors of our ‘Rehabilitation’ System - Day 522

"Solitary confinement is a form of imprisonment in which an inmate is isolated from any human contact, though often with the exception of members of prison staff. It is sometimes employed as a form of punishment beyond incarceration for a prisoner and has been cited as an additional measure of protection for the inmate. This form of punishment is also given for violations of prison regulations. It is also used as a form of protective custody and to prevent in the case of suicide, restriction from items that could disrupt the prisoners health…

The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and other UN bodies have stated that the solitary confinement (physical and social isolation of 22–24 hours per day for 1 day or more) of young people under age 18, for any duration, constitutes cruel, inhumane, or degrading treatment ( ACLU/Human Rights Watch (2012). Growing Up Locked Down: Youth in Solitary Confinement in Jails and Prisons in the United States (PDF). United States of America. p. 76. ISBN 1-56432-949-6)

In the Unites States, there are currently about 6,400 prisoners in isolation in state prisons. Recently, as a result of a federal lawsuit, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has agreed to reduce the number of state prisoners in solitary confinement (about 2000 prisoners) and hopefully other states will follow through and end solitary confinement as well.

Personally, I do not believe that 'hopefully' is good enough which is the purpose of this blog post. In today's world, things can silently slide down unless the public is standing up and creates enough ripples until a change is practically made.

There are numerous amount of research done, proving that solitary confinement is cruel, ineffective and harmful.
I understand that there are people who believe that those who committed crimes should be punished in whatever means necessary however, do they really understand the core reason that crime exists to begin with; the reasons why people went off to a life path that is not good for them and others; the internal and external influences that led a person to commit a crime; how challenging it is for people to walk away from a life that could potentially lead them to end up in jail.

I personally believe that prisons should be a place that facilitates the support structure for those who have gone off a destructive path so that they are able to change their old habits to something that is of worth. It doesn't mean that all prisoners would actually change and take responsibility for their behavior as they may be too gone in their mind however, in no way they should be sent to holes for unreasonable hours/days/weeks as that would do more harm than good.

Please investigate what solitary confinement actually is and what we, are actually accepting and allowing to exists as long as we keep quiet.

More sources:

Friend's Service Committee's fact sheet
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice


American Civil Liberties report:
Growing Up Locked Down: Youth in Solitary Confinement in Jails and Prisons Across the United States

American Friends Service Committee: Stopmax Campaign

Children in Solitary: A 2012 Human Rights Watch report notes: “Youth offenders often spend significant amounts of their time in US prisons isolated from the general prison population. Such segregation can be an attempt to protect vulnerable youth offenders from the general population, to punish infractions of prison rules, or to manage particular categories of prisoners, such as alleged gang members. Youth offenders frequently described their experience in segregation as a profoundly difficult ordeal.”

Psychology: FRONTLINE interview about psych research, and how and why solitary confinement is used in America today. Transcript here:

Law: American University Law Review, "Solitary Confinement

International still looking prevalence in other coutries
The United Kingdom has approximately as many total prisoners as the United States has in solitary confinement. While difficult to estimate, the UK likely has no more than 500 people in solitary confinement at any given time. …

Other links:

Life In Solitary | 2014 Documentary

Abby Martin: The Empire Files - Enter the biggest prison system in history

Kids Behind Bars:why children in the prison?

Mother Jones article- children in solitary:


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