Solitary Confinement, By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The documentary, Solitary Confinement, really brings to light the issues that surround this old form of punishment. These tactics were used in the past, and then were eventually regarded as being cruel and inhumane. Somehow, the idea of solitary confinement has returned and is respected among many people. I believe that there are some people who do need to be put in solitary confinement and some who shouldn’t have to go through that psychological pain. The movie did shine some perspective on to me, as i had not nearly any clue as to what really went down behind those walls.
First of all, at Colorado State Penitentiary, they call it “administrative segregation” rather than solitary confinement. This is because their goal is supposedly, just to cut them off from physical contact until they are determined to be safe around other people. The feelings projected by the men being interviewed in the documentary tie in with the feelings that Stanley “Tookie” Williams expressed in his book, Life in Prison. All of the inmates, including Stanley, acknowledged that solitary confinement, or the hole, causes people to go crazy. Stanley complained of the small cells and how it made many men go stir crazy. In the film, they showed exactly how small the cells are and the limited room for activity that the inmates have. The images in the documentary of the men getting strip searched further supported Stanley’s statements regarding the embarrassment of strip searches. It showed one of the men

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