I. Extended stays in solitary confinement causes inmates to suffer from irreversible mental illnesses.
A. Prison is intended to rehabilitate inmates into upstanding citizens but, isolation causes inmates to act out in violence and often times, commit suicide.
B. The most commonly reported psychological effects caused by isolation are anxiety, psychotic depression, delirium, schizophrenia and suicidal thoughts.
1. Inmates suffering from mental illnesses induced by isolation will often times, never recover from their disease.
2. In 2005, 69% of suicides in California prisons were inmates being housed in isolation.
3. Isolating a human being for extended periods of time is inhumane and should be …show more content…
C. This change allows verbal human contact, preventing an inmate from the mental illnesses induced by the silence of an isolated cell.
1. The use of solitary confinement must be stopped, the risks outweigh the advantages.
A. We must put an end to the torture.
B. Solitary confinement has become a dominant weapon in the war on prisoners and it’s effecting our brothers, sisters, parents, children and families.
1. When prisoners are released and have sustained illnesses due to solitary confinement, they are unable to care for their families and must seek help to repair the damage caused by a senseless torture.
2. Not every inmate released with psychological damage will seek help, often times they go on to commit other crimes and return to prison.
3. We can’t “throw away” citizens who commit a crime, we must rehabilitate them.
1. Where did you place the most effective arguments in your paper? Explain your reasoning.
A: I will be covering more topics in my final paper and I will put my most effective arguments in my intro and conclusion. When my reader begins reading my paper I want to grab their attention in my intro so they will continue reading. In my conclusion I will include a proposal that will make people realize there is a better way to punish that won’t cause the damage that isolation causes.