Solitary Confinement, By John Stuart Mill Essay

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Locked up, boxed off, silence, loneliness, those are some of the many feelings and realities faced by prisoners who are hidden away in solitary confinement. Solitary confinement is where prisoners are brought to be punished, they are separated from the main population and thrown into a small empty room, with a locked door and a tiny window that opens up for guards to slide the food into the room. The inmates here are isolated from nearly all forms of human stimulation and get out at most one hour per day. This is the harsh life some prisoners face. The question is though, are their sufferings for the greater good of society and other prisoners, or is the practice of solitary confinement immoral and does it pose a human rights risk to society that is a detriment to society, rather than a benefit?t For this I will explore John Stuart Mill’s Greatest Happiness Principle to argue for why I am against the current use of solitary confinement, as I believe with current implementation there are more cons than positives to the practice. When looking at the Greatest Happiness Principle it is necessary to take into consideration between being pro solitary and anti solitary what is most beneficial for the greatest number of people. This comes to considering the safety of prisoners, prison guards, and civilians once the prisoners have been released. If the program serves a specific purpose, such as deterring crime, and preventing criminals from becoming repeat offenders, it

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