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Solitary confinement

Solitary confinement is a form of imprisonment in which an inmate is isolated from any human contact, often with the exception of members of prison staff, for 22–24 hours a day, with a sentence ranging from days to decades. It is mostly employed as a form of punishment beyond incarceration for a prisoner, usually for violations of prison regulations. However, it is also used as an additional measure of protection for vulnerable inmates. In the case of prisoners at high risk of suicide, it can be used to prevent access to items that could allow the prisoner to self-harm.

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It began with the Eastern State Penitentiary, a place for the most troublesome, or dangerous of prisoners. The act of submitting an individual to complete, and utter isolation, with no more that 4 ft. of space, or any outside air, continues to be a form of punishment in the U.S. Justice System. Recent studies have proven that the long-term affects of solitary confinement have lead to psychological diseases, mental breakdowns, and a complete loss of social understanding. This tactic damages the mental and physical health to many American men. Foreign countries have outlawd solitary confinement, so why does our government continue to spend on such a program? Solitary Confinement is the most modern form of cruel and unusual punishment.

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