Obama, citing Pope, bans juvenile solitary confinement [CWN]


#1

Writing in The Washington Post, President Barack Obama said that he would make changes to the federal prison system, including “banning solitary confinement for juveniles and as a …

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#2

Solitary confinement is a form of torture.

ccrjustice.org/home/get-involved/tools-resources/fact-sheets-and-faqs/torture-use-solitary-confinement-us-prisons

Obama has also said he would close Guantanamo, so his pledges regarding ending solitary confinement for kids likely don’t mean much…


#3

This isn’t a conservative v liberal issue. It crosses ideological lines. George Will has even spoken out against it.

Here is the article
washingtonpost.com/opinions/george-will-the-torture-of-solitary-confinement/2013/02/20/ae115d74-7ac9-11e2-9a75-dab0201670da_story.html


#4

Solitary confinement is a form of torture.

While I support this change, I think this statement goes a little too far. It depends somewhat of course on how long. Solitary confinement might be for a day. Or it might be for a month.


#5

How many juveniles are in the federal prison system? I can’t imagine it being that many.


#6

Given the prevalence of sexual assaults in prison, especially against younger inmates, I had thought that being in solitary was in fact a form of protection.


#7

This was at one time cited by some prison wardens as a justification, but this particular justification has fallen out of favor as an appropriate response to the need to protect a younger inmate. It seems the damage from solitary is worse than the risk of sexual assault, which ought to be addressed by other means anyway.


#8

What about adult solitary…why not ban that too?

I really hope our next president overhauls the prison system in this country. We need to stop treating this with a medieval mindset and figure out more effective ways to prevent and deter crime. Prisons right now, are just criminal colleges, once they send a young person here for a drug crime or something menial, they learn new criminal skills, make new friends, etc.


#9

I feel you are absolutely right, and for profit prison only make the matter worse.


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