Solitary Confinement In Pelican Bay State Prison

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Solitary confinement is commonly used throughout prisons in the United States. It is used among correctional facilities, which vary from state to state. The use of solitary confinement is to isolate the inmate from any human encounters, usually based on a form of punishment. The conditions of solitary confinement according to the American Friends Service Committee (2015) include: o “Confinement behind a solid steel door for 22 to 24 hours a day o Severely limited contact with other human beings o Infrequent phone calls and rare non-contact family visits o Extremely limited access to rehabilitative or educational programming o Grossly inadequate medical and mental health treatment o Restricted reading material and personal property o Physical…show more content…
There are many inmates who are affected emotionally every day. When people commit a crime and go to prison they are still able to communicate with their fellow inmates and participate in physical functions. When depriving someone of their daily habits and routines you are changing their entire life. We as humans cannot function without our family and friends. People in solitary confinement are deprived of much more than family and friends. They are dehumanized, tortured, and punished beyond…show more content…
In tears, he recalls his story, “You try to close your feelings off, to feel nothing, to feel no hope. Not to the point where you want to commit suicide, but sometimes I made it to the point to where I said just give me the death penalty.” Paul Redd is not the only inmate who was left feeling dehumanized. Many people who have spent several years in confinement claim they were treated like non-human beings and trapped like animals. Another inmate from Pelican Bay State Prison, Gabriel Reyes states, “It is a lack of stimulation, education, food, and proper medical treatment. It is a lack of being treated like human beings instead of animals (Archdeacon, 2015).” It is not healthy for a human being to spend 22 to 24 hours a day trapped in a cell, all
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