posted on Jul, 14 2013 @ 09:51 AM
Originally posted by suz62
reply to post by Daedal
And "solitary" just means they get their own cell.
They are in a box under constant surveillance and cannot communicate with anyone save the guards. They get an hour of exercise in a room. They do
not see the sun. Inmates are subject to a rather arbitrarily applied gradient system of privileges (like having access to writing materials, or
further up the system television), or revocation of those privileges based upon violations of the rules (such as attempting to communicate with
another inmate). This privilege system is designed to break people and little else. It has no significant psychological or rehabilitative benefit.
In fact social isolation, and lack of stimulation have the opposite affect. It can, in all actuality drive you stark raving mad--from severe
depression to dementia, and increase a potential for violent behavior in an individual. Also, the criteria to determine"a trouble maker" is often
highly subjective, and can potentially come down to which authority figure you pissed off on the wrong day.
Prisons are not supposed to be fair. Societally speaking, they are where the social undesirables go, which makes a sort of intuitive sense. Any
society needs this. Fine.
However, the current system is morphing into one of veritable slave labor and persecution/exploitation of the poor that cultivate repeat offenders
rather than rehabilitating them. This begins from the offenses people can be put into the prison system for, for how long, and how those convictions
are obtained. Police training for interrogation is particularly biased, flawed, and based upon junk science that even the psychological community has
largely thrown out as B.S. (kinesics for example).
This perspective of using prisoners as a productive resource rather than a social and economic drain is sold to the middle/working class as a more
efficient way to put their tax dollars to work. With that spin many people are predisposed to assume that the system is "fair" and works, and those
in solitary are violent, repeat offenders who are only trouble makers, and this isn't necessarily the truth.