Solitary Nation Reflection

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After watching the film, Solitary Nation, so many thoughts and questions were running on the back of my mind. I personally thought that being locked up in a room for twenty-three hours a day for months is physically and mentally unhealthy for any human being. Each inmate that was held in the solitary confinement showed a sign of being mental ill after been there for a couple of weeks. A particular inmate that I closely observed was Adam, the inmate who thought that he was going to successfully complete his time and be out after serving his time. At first he mentioned that being locked up in a room for twenty-three hours was going to allow him to read, workout, write, and have some quiet time to himself to think. After a couple of weeks, he …show more content…
He was sentenced to serve six months in solitary confinement and he said from the start that his mental state was going to go down. Facilities like solitary confinement does a lot of damage to the individuals’ mental state. I felt disappointment to see how those inmates had no hope for a bright future. I think that been in a solitary confinement is the second worse punishment to receive; capital punishment being the first. Those inmates were caged in a small room like animals and after a while they started behaving as one by causing damage to themselves. It was sad to see how they self-destructed themselves after being locked up for a couple of weeks. An inmate said, “They can’t expect us to act like a human being when you are treated as animals.” I strongly believe that by keeping prisoners in solitary facilities, it does so much damage to their mental state rather than helping them get prepared to reenter society as normal …show more content…
Separate confinement is a place where solitary confinement would prevent further corruption inside prison (Clear, Reisig, Cole, 2014, p. 50). The majority of the inmates that are held in solitary facilities are violent white males that come from a low class. The majority of them are citizens of the United States. By keeping those prisoners in solitary confinement, they are incapacitated to keep committing offenses against society and to other fellow inmates. They are not allowed to leave until they serve their mandatory sentence. The model of incarceration in which solitary confinement fall under is the custodial model. According to the text, custodial model serves for the purpose of incapacitation, deterrence, or retribution. It emphasizes security, discipline, and order, which subordinate the prisoner to the authority of the warden (Clear, Reisig, Cole, 2014, p. 256). I believe it falls under this category because the system believes that by keeping this inmates in solitary facilities, it will teach them discipline, order and it will create more security because the inmates will not be able to harm other individuals. The system hope that by keeping the inmates locked in a room for twenty-three hours a day, it will help them repent for their crimes and thus they will be ready to go back to society. In order for them to reenter society, they need rehabilitation.

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