Solitary Confinement By Dana Liebelon Analysis

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The first use of solitary confinement was in 1787. It was first used on a group of prisoners and it was believed if people were left alone in almost complete silence, they would feel repent for what they did. In the article, the author Dana Liebelson uses multiple real life examples to show how solitary confinement can have horrifying, long-lasting effects on people, especially children and young adults. Specifically the author uses the stories of a 17- year old named Kenny, and a 16- year old named Jonathan. Throughout the article you gain information that you may have never even considered to be possible, but the truth about this system is that it is extremely inhumane. The author does a great job at explaining why children should not be …show more content…
Putting these kids in solitary confinement not only alters them while they are there, but also after they are released. Years later, Kenny’s mother was interviewed and she said “he still suffers” and “he never got no help”. His whole life got turned upside down because of less than 20 days in the hole. This method is not only damaging the kids, but also the parents who either have to spend lots of money to help their kids or take care of them themselves. There are so many other possibilities of how to handle these kids. I believe the people putting these young kids in jail and solitary confinement don’t care enough about them. If they cared more, they would talk to these children about what they did and why they did it. Some kids are just bad but a lot of these children doing bad things could have a deeper story to why they are doing these things. Maybe they have troubles at home with family, or maybe they don’t even have a steady home, but either way solitary confinement is only making their situations …show more content…
It talks about how kenny is back in school and doing better but there are still lots of worries surrounding him. She also says how they never got any help or support from anybody for Kenny since he has gotten home. Closing with this shows how even though somebody can come out of this, their life will never be the same. To me, that is the most important factor to why I believe solitary confinement is wrong. These kids have so much time left in their lives they need to live but going through solitary confinement will hinder the rest of their lives. Changes must be

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