Arguments Against Solitary Confinement

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Solitary confinement is a very prevalent punishment for crime. But, some do not realize how morbid solitary confinement really is. Solitary confinement is strictly isolated confinement in a small area away from other individuals. A rather large percentage of people who are sentenced to prison or jail have reported spending various amounts of time in solitary confinement. In 2011-2012, 20 percent of inmates in state and federal prisoners had spent time in solitary confinement (Bureau of Justice Statistics). When placed in solitary confinement, inmates are housed in a cell that is 8 foot by twelve-foot for twenty-three hours a day. They are only released to take a shower and exercise in a fenced in space (Will). Though people may say that solitary confinement is a necessary form of punishment, some may not know the …show more content…
The supreme court has stated that “A considerable number of prisoner’s fell after even a short confinement, into a fatuous condition, from which it was next to impossible to arouse them, and others became violently insane; others, still committed suicide. Americans should be aroused against this by decency and prudence” (Will). Inmates should face the consequences of their actions, but solitary confinement should not be an acceptable form of punishment because it can prompt self-harm, it can cause psychosis, and it is not effective. In the past, people have deemed solitary confinement an effective form of punishment. However, since then many research studies have been conducted and published, stating the opposite. “Several studies have shown that inmates housed in solitary confinement suffer from insomnia, anxiety, panic, withdrawal, hypersensitivity, ruminations, cognitive, dysfunction, hallucinations, loss of control, aggression, rage, paranoia, hopelessness, lethargy, depression, emotional breakdowns,