Solitary Confinement For Juvenile?

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Should Prisons Ban the Use of Solitary Confinement For Juveniles?

Solitary confinement is defined as the isolation of a prisoner in a separate cell as a punishment. Prisoners can get put in solitary confinement for many reasons such as fighting with inmates or even talking back to a guard. But is it really the best way to punish prisoners? Solitary confinement, although used for punishment, is also considered torture. The U.N. Convention Against Torture defines torture as, “any state-sanctioned act “by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person” for information, punishment, intimidation, or for a reason based on discrimination.” Solitary confinement can cause juveniles to have both physical
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While in solitary confinement, it can cause mental illness and psychological harm. Studies show that most juveniles put in solitary confinement with no background of mental health problems end up developing them sometime during their sentence. Some people explain that they got mood swings in solitary confinement. Other people have suffered from depression or anxiety, and had anxiety attacks. Many people self harm and have suicidal thoughts, and often end up killing themselves. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, juveniles put in solitary confinement are twice as likely to commit suicide than other juveniles. Reports from many juveniles that were put in solitary confinement all had similar thoughts. Many of them felt like they had no reason to live even just on the first day. And because juveniles have not fully developed their character, it makes them less able to handle the stress of being put in solitary …show more content…
They may have committed a very severe crime, but there are better options to use for punishment. Punishments should be used to help the criminal fix their character and become better people. Instead, by using solitary confinement, it is causing permanent damages to them and making it hard for them to function in society. Solitary confinement effects a juvenile 's psychological mind and their physical self. Suicide rates go up due to being put in solitary confinement, and it causes medical problems to them. This form of punishment to juveniles should not be allowed. They aren’t old enough to have completely developed, and they need help to fix their character. Torture doesn’t fix their character, it causes them a lifetime of

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