Well, no rights trying to make it out
Well, imagine having to be alone trapped in a room with a bed and toilet only. No space to stretch. No one to talk to, the only human contact you get is when you get food to serve. This can last a day or weeks or even months. This is called solitary confinement. The academic definition of solitary confinement is the isolation of a prisoner in a separate cell as a punishment (dictionary.com). Scientific research has discovered, “One study found that those in solitary developed psychopathologies at higher rates than those in the general population 28% vs. 15% (Psychological Effects 1). We must make the adult prison system reinforce these solitary confinement laws because it is causing harm to our prisoners and community. According to a New York Times article written by Joanne Page, people come out of solitary confinement, not 100% mentally stable (1). Next time you feel alone or bored in a room. Just imagine there are people out there who are stuck in a cell with no rights trying to make it out healthy and alive. Solitary confinement has become a controversial issue because not only is it affecting one state or city but solitary confinement is seen all over the United States. There have been certain states like Colorado who have put restrictions on solitary confinement because the results were not as positive and where affecting the prisoner. Many people might say that solitary confinement may be used to fix misbehavior as a lesson learn but there is a negative connotation that is hurting the person as a whole. Although solitary confinement is proclaimed to rehabilitate behavior, it has damaging effects on the prisoners’ mental health, physical changes, and the inability to reintegrate into society Mental Health Sometimes as human beings we don’t pay attention to how we characterize people based on their behavior. As humans in society, we call people ¨crazy¨ but we don’t really fully understand there mental disability the person might have. Solitary confinement causes mental health problems from having adult prisoners isolated in a room for too long. As said before, in ¨one study scientific research demonstrated that those in solitary developed psychopathologies at higher rates than those in the general population 28% vs. 15%¨(Psychological Effects 1). From this research what has understood that prisoners in solitary confinement have a higher chance of developing a mental health problem? These Mental health problems are developed when a prisoner is isolated for too long in an 80 ft square room. In this room alone there is only a toilet seat and a bed. Imagine having to be in a room locked away no noise just you by yourself for hours or days. The only human contact these adult prisoners receive is when they are given meals twice a day. Solitary confinement was purposely created as a correction for the misbehavior of adult prisoners. An example of misbehavior could be fighting with other inmates. This correction method turns into a cruel and unusual punishment. Not only is it interfering with the prisoners 8th amendment of no cruel or unusual punishment but it’s also interfering with their own mental health. Which many weren’t aware of this issue that was kept away for many years. The story that brought all attention to was Kalief Browder story of a young African American male who committed suicide after being released from Rikers Island. Maybe you are asking how is this relevant, his suicide? According to Jennifer Gonnerman, ¨two years in solitary confinement, where he attempted to end his life several times¨(Kalief Browder 1). Kalief Browder spent 3 years in Rikers Island and out of those three years, there had been 2 years accumulated in solitary confinement while he was locked up. Not only is this cruel to have a prisoner in for so long in solitary confinement it’s devastating. Even while Browder being in in solitary confinement he attempted suicide. Being in solitary confinement the mental health problems ¨causes irreparable emotional damage and psychiatric disability as well an extreme mental anguish and suffering, and in some cases presents a risk of death by suicide¨(Psychological Effects 1).Some of the mental disorder that is caused is depression, post-traumatic stress disorder(PTSD) and suicide are some of many. From the quote above the diction is powerful the use of language creates such an emotion against solitary confinement.