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ActivistPost – Joe Wright – Is Solitary Confinement About To Be Outlawed In The U.S.? – 3 March 2014

Logo_activistpost-comHuman rights activists have for decades been urging the U.S. government to prohibit the use of solitary confinement as a means of punishment.First, it is important to note that articles such as this one invariably elicit a fair amount of comments that say something to the effect of, “Hey, like we should care about hardened criminals … what about the people and families they have destroyed? Screw ’em, lock ’em up and throw away the key. Let ’em rot.” I’ll admit to having that visceral reaction myself when reading about some of the most sadistic crimes one can imagine perpetrated upon another human being. However, this is only a limited view of the entire situation.

The fact is that the U.S. prison system has transformed into a for-profit model which is leading to a greater number of non-violent (and innocent) people being locked up and subjected to this form of punishment. Worse still, the prison system mentality has trickled all the way down into general society where an increasing number of outrageous abuse cases are being reported among police, and even into our elementary schools.