The Pros And Cons Of Capital Punishment

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There are many opinions on capital punishment, and how it should be used. Many people want solitary confinement because they think the death penalty is inhumane, but psychologists have proven that solitary confinement is just as brutal. The corrections system need to reconsider the use the solitary confinement with adults, but especially with juveniles because it doesn’t just hurt them physically, but psychologically as well, affecting them for the rest of their lives and how they function in society.
First, let’s start off with what is solitary confinement? Solitary confinement is a type of punishment where an inmate will be placed in a cell which most likely not have any windows with no human contact. They spend 20-22 hours in that cell and could be in there for days, weeks, months, or even years. There are about 80,000-100,000 prisoners in solitary confinement in the U.S. (Solitary Watch, Gregoire, Eilperin). Most jails don’t use the word “solitary confinement”, but use alternatives like “segregation” or “restricted housing” to make it seem like it’s not a big deal (Solitary Watch). The first solitary confinement in the U.S was in Philadelphia at the Walnut Street Jail. The purpose of being segregated was to reflect on their actions in complete isolation (Cooper, A).
Some of us might think that solitary confinement doesn’t sound bad. It would be nice to be alone for hours at a time, with complete and utter silence. But, imagine being in this scenario for almost 24 hrs

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