275. Solitary Confinement: The Horrors of our Prison System
Only in a criminal-justice system can isolating someone until they start going mentally ill and hurting themselves can be called ‘Social Rehabilitation.’ Let’s discuss the abject reality of Prisons around the world that includes children in solitary confinement.
It’s OUR Responsibility to create awareness on this.
Life In Solitary | 2014 Documentary
Kids Behind Bars: Why children in the prison?
Crime: Asking the Hard Questions – Hangout
Abby Martin: The Empire Files – Enter the biggest prison system in history
Noters From JL Kenney
Most egregious is the fact that children/youth under 18 are being held in Solitary confinement in the U.S. Laws allow this.
- S. facts http://solitarywatch.com/facts/faq/
- There are more than 80,000 men, women, and children in solitary confinement in prisons across the United States, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
- Numerous studies have documented the harmful psychological effects of long-term solitary confinement, which can produce debilitating symptoms.
- Since the 1990s, the U.N. Committee Against Torture has repeatedly condemned the use of solitary confinement in the U.S.
- The Committee Against Torture, official governing body of the UN Convention Against Torture that the United States ratified in 1994, has recommended that the practice of isolation be abolished. The UN Human Rights Committee has, in 1992, suggested that prolonged isolation may amount to a violation of international human rights law. Similarly the UN committee on the Rights of the Child has urged for an end to the use of solitary confinement against minors.
- The U.N. Convention Against Torture defines torture as any state-sanctioned act “by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person” for information, punishment, intimidation, or for a reason based on discrimination.
- Mother Jones article- children in solitary:
- Friend’s Service Committee’s fact sheet : The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice
- American Civil Liberties report:
Growing Up Locked Down: Youth in Solitary Confinement in Jails and Prisons across the United States
- American Friends Service Committee: Stopmax Campaign
Children in Solitary: A 2012 Human Rights Watch report notes: “Youth offenders often spend significant amounts of their time in US prisons isolated from the general prison population. Such segregation can be an attempt to protect vulnerable youth offenders from the general population, to punish infractions of prison rules, or to manage particular categories of prisoners, such as alleged gang members. Youth offenders frequently described their experience in segregation as a profoundly difficult ordeal.”
- FRONTLINE interview about psych research, and how and why solitary confinement is used in America today. Transcript here:
Law: American University Law Review, “Solitary Confinement
The United Kingdom has approximately as many total prisoners as the United States has in solitary confinement. While difficult to estimate, the UK likely has no more than 500 people in solitary confinement at any given time. …
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