The Awful Truth About Solitary Confinement In Prisons

What Solitary Confinement Does To The Brain:

Deemed as a cruel and ineffective by the UN, solitary confinement is still widely used in U.S. prisons. So, what does solitary confinement look like in America?

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What is solitary confinement?
“Solitary confinement is the practice of isolating prisoners in closed cells for 22-24 hours a day, virtually free of human contact, for periods of time ranging from days to decades.”

The Dangerous Overuse of Solitary Confinement in the United States
“Over the last two decades, corrections systems have increasingly relied on solitary confinement, even building entire ‘supermax’ prisons, where prisoners are held in extreme isolation, often for years or even decades.”

Psychiatric Effects of Solitary Confinement
“Solitary confinement-that is the confinement of a prisoner alone in a cell for all, or nearly all, of the day with minimal environmental stimulation and minimal opportunity for social interaction-can cause severe psychiatric harm.”

Rethinking Rikers: Moving From A Correctional To A Therapeutic Model For Youth
“‘Children are not little adults . . . neurological research has made that clear.’ Consequently, a different system, or a different set of responses, is necessary to address the needs of young adults in the criminal justice system.”

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