It is a form of torture, and it sent inmates out of prison worse than when they arrived.
After I became Colorado’s head of corrections, I began to ask why we were doing it. There is enough data to convince me that long-term isolation manufactures and aggravates mental illness.
"These reforms are unique to Colorado."
Not quite. Well, in the US peraps, but in most parts of the civilized world, the purpose of prison is not sadism or torture, but to give a punishment.
Also, if you as a society don't help the people leaving prison to come back to a normal life, they will revert to criminality as a means of survival.
Then what did the punishment bring? Less crime? Temporarily yes. Fewer criminals? No.
Criminals must be punished. But torture only feed their anger and make them hungry for revenge.
This isn't rocket science. See how it's done elsewhere. And take notes.
Solitary confinement is cruel and unusual punishment that produces dangerous psychological results in the individuals life for years to come! It does nothing to teach socially appropriate behavior! There are several ways to levy punishment without causing this type of stress!
Ending long-term solitary confinement sounds like a good idea, Thank you sir, for doing it. But ensure that everyone in the penal system remains safe.
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