Solitary Confinement Is The Wrong Way

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There is no objection that should someone commit a crime, they must also pay the subsequent consequences, whether it be a fine, a prison sentence or even both. At times, especially in the prisons, even these punishments are not enough and thus an extra step is taken to ensure the misbehaved party does not repeat their error again. Inmates may be placed in solitary confinement for extended periods of times, ranging from weeks to even decades. With absolutely no human interaction, a holding cell smaller than a horse’s stable, and deprivation of basic human rights and senses, solitary confinement is the wrong way to rehabilitate prisoners since it is ethically wrong, very costly and detrimental to inmate health, both physical and mental.
Solitary confinement has long evolved from what it used to be just one-hundred years ago. According to Jason Breslow, in his article What Does Solitary Confinement Do To Your Mind?, in the last century “a typical stay in solitary amounted to just a few days, or several weeks in more extreme cases” but in this century it isn’t uncommon for this time period to be extended to years. It was believed that a few days of isolation would make the inmates reflect on their actions and try to change them for the better. In theory it should work; after all, we have a similar practice for our kids when they misbehave. We place our kids in short time-outs to make them reflect about what they did, so in theory, the more severe the crime, the longer the
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