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TroubleMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-13-06 01:10 AM
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195. I've been in solitary confinement before....once for over two months.
Edited on Wed Dec-13-06 01:10 AM by TroubleMan
I got in a fight while incarcerated (quite a few actually), and that's why they put me on solitary.

I wouldn't call it torture. You do have human and social contact.....with the guards. It's not like they lock you up in a cell with no light, never check on you, and slide a meal through a hole - that would be torture. There's a regulation in place about how much light and space you must have, and you at least get your choice of religious book (i.e. Bible, Torah, Qur'an, and maybe some others). In some places they let you have other books, headphones, and apparently in the supermaxes you can have a TV.

What you do is sit and read all day, either laying in bed or sitting down. I always decided to make myself do exercise for at least two 30 minute sessions per day....push ups, sit ups, jumping jacks, running in place...stuff like that. You get 3 meals a day. It wasn't bad at all, when compared to being in general pop. In fact, I often preferred it, because then you can get away from some assholes that ruin your whole day because they won't stop bothering you. I'm a guy who loves privacy and can't stand living with a bunch of guys all day. If somehow I returned to the errant ways of my youth (highly doubtful), and ended up with a huge sentence, I'd probably pick the solitary confinement over being in general pop....especially if I had my own TV.

Trust me....you are preaching to the choir when you talk to me about prisoner rights. I'm a huge advocate of prisoner rights. However, if done by the law (i.e. the light and space requirements, they have to let you outside a certain amount of time, and they have to let you shower), solitary confinement is not torture. If it's done the wrong way, it very well can be torture. The main thing we need to look at, instead of trying to end solitary, we should make sure the rules are followed or maybe add a few extra privileges to make it more humane.

Also....let's face it, some people are too dangerous to themselves and others to not be on solitary. There's not a lot, but there are some.
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