Prison Officials : A New Form Of Punishment Essay

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Dating back to the early nineteenth century, the United States had adopted a new form of punishment. The punishment involves imprisoning people in a cramped, concrete, windowless cell for between 22 and 24 hours a day. Solitary confinement for many prison officials has been a method to deal with difficult or dangerous prisoners. Recreation for these prisoners is often only three to five hours a week alone in another cage with little to no purposeful activities.
There has been numerous class actions challenging prolong solitary confinement. Due process along with rights guaranteed under the eighth and fourteenth amendment has been brought into questioning. The eighth amendment specifically states that the US federal government is prohibited from imposing excessive bail, excessive fines, or cruel and unusual punishment. The fourteenth amendment addresses citizenship rights and equal protection of the laws, which was proposed in response to issues related to former slaves following the American Civil War.
All around the world and including the United States, there has been movements calling for the end of solitary confinement. Most of the movements across the United States have been prison-led. Issues such as substandard medical care, the use of isolation, and conditions of confinement are just a few of the issues that have gained media attention and public scrutiny. The issue of solitary confinement has even reached all the way up the ladder of the UN. From the later
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