Pros And Cons Of Solitary Confinement

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In the United States the penal system is developed under two separate systems. One is the Auburn system and the second is the Pennsylvania system. The current system in the United States for solitary confinement was taken from the Pennsylvania model which was built for isolation and seclusion solitary confinement was used as an alternative form of punishment but at the time it was meant to provide a prisoner with solitude “to reflect on his misdeeds” It was used to help the prisoner repent, and restore his relationship with God.

Solitary Confinement Cases
“In 1890, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Miller condemned the practice: “A considerable number of the prisoners fell, after even a short confinement, into a semi-fatuous condition, from which it was next to impossible to arouse them, and others became violently insane; others still, committed suicide; while those who stood the ordeal better were not generally reformed, and in most cases did not recover sufficient mental activity to be of any subsequent service to the community.”–In re Medley, 134 U.S. 160, 168 (1890)

Another case was in 1995, Judge Thelton Henderson wrote that solitary confinement “may well hover on the edge of what is humanly tolerable,” and that for those who have been diagnosed mentally ill, “placing them in solitary confinement is the mental equivalent of putting an asthmatic in a place with little air.” — Madrid v. Gomez, 889 F. Supp. 1146, 1265 (N.D. Cal.
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