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Examine the pros and cons of allowing solitary confinement in prisons.

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In February 2015, Timothy Gunn, an inmate at a state prison in Jackson, Georgia, mailed a handwritten complaint to a judge, saying he had been held in a windowless cell for nearly twenty-four hours a day for five years. According to an NBC news article about the case:
That longshot filing, written on 11 pages of loose-leaf paper without a lawyer’s help, persuaded a skeptical judge to listen, and to eventually force Georgia to open up its isolation unit to outsiders.

A social psychologist who’d studied prison conditions for 40 years was shocked at what he saw: metal cells without openings, including one smeared with blood; mentally ill prisoners screaming in anguish; and a crudely drawn sign that said, “HELP.”
The psychologist’s report, which was released in 2018, led to a settlement in 2019 in which Georgia agreed to curtail its use of solitary confinement.
As you will see in this chapter, the use of solitary confinement in prisons is extremely controversial. For this discussion, you will examine both sides of the issue and decide whether you think solitary confinement should be allowed in prisons.

Upon successful completion of this discussion, you will be able to:
Examine the pros and cons of allowing solitary confinement in prisons.
Instructions
1. Read the following:
a. Textbook: Chapter 15 – Solitary Confinement in Controversial Issues in Criminal Justice
b. Article: Solitary Confinement (ACLU)
https://www.aclu.org/issues/prisoners-rights/solitary-confinement
c. Article: The Effects of Solitary Confinement on the Brain (Psychology Today)
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/brain-chemistry/201902/the-effects-solitary-confinement-the-brain

2. Watch the video “What happens to people in solitary confinement” by Laura Rovner:

3. In a minimum 250-word initial post, respond to the following discussion questions:
a. Summarize the competing arguments presented in the textbook on this topic.
b. Cite at least two statistics, research findings, or examples for each argument. You may use the textbook or other resources if they are trusted and reliable. Websites ending in .gov or .edu are trusted and reliable; Wikipedia is not.
c. Indicate which argument you believe is best and explain why.

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