Solitary confinement's repercussions

Solitary confinement is not what most people think it is. It seems like they see it as a way to learn from the mistakes that the inmates have made in the past, but it is rarely the case. In fact, the behavior of most prisoners gets even worst the longer they stay in solitary confinement cells. Some scientists consider that this method of punishment as torture since it can have devastating psychological and physical effects if they left in those cells for long periods of time. Researchers have discovered that solitary confinement causes the inmates to suffer of anxiety and nervousness. It can also generate irrational anger, hallucinations, chronic depression which can lead to the suicidal thoughts. The ultimate goal of prisons is to rehabilitate the prisoners back into society and make sure they won’t harm anyone once they are set free. The problem with solitary is that it can delay or stop in some cases the ability for the prisoners to ever return into our society. Many scientists claim the inmates are more damaged than helped, which is the opposite of what their goal is initially. A 2006 investigation revealed that up to 64% of the prisoners in isolation had mental illness problems, which is significantly higher than the normal rate of other prisons. If a human being is not already ill when they first enter solitary confinement, they are likely to be by the time they get out. Furthermore, any disruptive behavior in isolation is inacceptable. As a result, the prisoners who are have to serve even more time in those cells, which create a vicious cycle. Additionally, the act of causing severe pain or suffering intentionally to a person is considered as torture. Therefore, isolation defies basic human rights and should be against the law.

Source 1: Howard, John. “Justice, not torture: challenging solitary confinement in Canadian prisons.” BCCLA, n.p. n.d. Web. Acessed 2015-04-28

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Source 3: No author. “Solitary confinement facts.” American Friends Service Comittee, n.p. n.b. Web. Acessed 2015-04-08

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