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Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Atlantic: Crime and Punishment: Adam Clark Estes: Two Years in Solitary Confinement Is Worth $15.5M: The Problems With Solitary Confinement

Two Years in Solitary Confinement Is Worth $15.5 Million, These Days - Adam Clark Estes - The Atlantic Wire

I don't have a problem with isolating violent criminals with bad tempers who represent a serious threat to staff and other inmates. As long as these inmates are treated humanely while in isolation. Getting the counseling that they need for their temper and so fourth. Having real food and not forced to go long stretches without eating, being able to shave and shower on a regular basis and allowed to keep busy while. In isolation with reading material and so fourth, this is what should be going on isolation units in our prisons. Rather then just throwing people in there with nothing to do, no one to talk to and leaving them in there for up to years. Hoping they don't crazy if that and hoping they've learned the errors of their bad ways and will learn how to become model inmates. The latter is what we've been doing with our isolation inmates over the years and we are paying a heavy price for it. Having to leave people in prison at tax payers expense longer then they need to be if they were just given the opportunity to be productive while. In prison.

We as tax payers are paying for the living conditions and health and well being of our prison inmates. And since we don't have an unlimited amount of money, we need to get the best out of every tax dollar that we. Spend and that included our corrections system and that we actually need to have a real corrections system in America and not a prison or warehouse system. That we currently have in America right now and that means all of our prison inmates need to be treated humanely and given the opportunity to be productive. While incarceration so they can get a good education and work just not while they are in prison. Which so they can contribute to their cost of living while incarcerated but once they are released from prison and. Once again living on the outside and this even includes our most difficult inmates who we need to at least for a time house them separately.