Since I originally posted this piece for Jonny, the state of Colorado has announced the closure of CSPII and has begun reducing the number of inmates being held in AD SEG. This is, in large part, to a suite filed by the ACLU and the National Religious Campaign Against Torture citing that Colorado over used Administrative Segregation. There have been many articles written about inmates that have been held for long periods of time (years, even decades) by Solitary Watch. Finally, there were recent hearings on the issue of solitary confinement in America and the tragedies it has caused, the mental illness it has caused and the torture that is prevalent in America's prisons.
The recent changes in Colorado's Ad Seg population has brought new issues. Most inmates previously held in Ad Seg have been transferred to two large prisons in Colorado. These prisons are now almost always locked down meaning they have almost the same restriction as a Super Max facility. These prisons have increased in the number of violent incidence and there are rumors of guard violence. It seems that the punitive measures that are being placed on all inmates are becoming a dangerous problem. There have been over 200 complaints lodged against a single facility. We must begin to look at the way we train guards, the rehabilitation process, the integration process and the conditions of confinement. We have taken their liberties from them and placed them in our charge. We are responsible for their conditions.
Administrative Segregation is know to deteriorate mental condition.....and we still use it.....
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American Medical Association Journal of Ethics
February 2008, Volume 10, Number 2: 123-125.
Delivering Care in a Non-Health-Care Space
Nancy Neveloff Dubler, LLB
“The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.”
—Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (1821-1881)
If prisons provide a lens to judge our civilization then we, as a society, fail that test
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