Solitary Confinement: Restorative or Ruthless
April 4, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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The implementation of criminal justice is oft-discussed, resulting in a spectrum of views. This spectrum ranges in ideology from those who believe in prison serving a rehabilitative purpose to those who believe in a more punitive system. One particularly controversial practice, solitary confinement, consists of isolating an inmate from all human interactions, typically for 22-23 hours at a time, as a form of discipline. While some believe that this practice ought to be stopped completely, others believe that solitary confinement, if limited in use and reformed to serve a purpose in the Criminal Justice System, may have its merits. This debate will explore whether solitary confinement should continue to be employed as a practice in America’s incarceration facilities, or should instead be ridden of entirely in America’s Criminal Justice System.