The Definitive Case Against Solitary Confinement: It’s Impractical and Immoral


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The Definitive Case Against Solitary Confinement: It’s Impractical and Immoral

Feb. 26 2014 10:59 AM

The Definitive Case for Ending Solitary Confinement

The practice is impractical as well as immoral. It harms prisoners, costs too much, and leads to more crime.

        By Helen Vera

An immigrant detainee peers out of his "segregation cell" at the Adelanto Detention Facility, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in California, on Nov. 15, 2013.
A detainee peers out of his “segregation cell” at the Adelanto Detention Facility, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in California, on Nov. 15, 2013.
Photo by John Moore/Getty Images

Last week, the New York State Department of Corrections announced an agreement to dramatically limit solitary confinement in its prisons. New York’s prison system will now be the largest in the country to stop using solitary as a punishment on prisoners younger than 18. Officials have also vowed to begin removing pregnant women and the developmentally disabled from extreme isolation and to begin cutting back the length of time prisoners…

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