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goalieab25
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Anonymous03
Con (against)

Solitary Confinement Should Be Abolished

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Started: 4/17/2019 Category: Society
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Debating Period
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goalieab25

Pro

You may start. . .
Anonymous03

Con

Today I'll be asserting the position that solitary confinement should not be abolished.

Solitary confinement is the incarceration of an individual in a cell with no ability to interract with fellow prisoners. Though at first glance this seems okay, Many people think that this is torture.
Being completely unable to talk to people can have a severe psychological effect on the minds of sensitive individuals. Hallucinations, Symptoms of paranoia, Bouts of anxiety and panic attacks as well as memory and attention issues can occur in mentally ill individuals who go through this process.
I believe that such a process has its' benefits, And I'll be listing them down below.

Criminals are individuals who have committed an illegal act, A crime, And deserve to be punished, Which is usually the reason they're in jail in the first place.
Criminals who display behaviour that is unacceptable even in a prison, Like assaulting, Raping or killing other inmates, Are confined in a further worse place of incarceration, Which is solitary confinement. With this in mind, Isn't it a good thing to put criminals who deserve a worse punishment than jail through what many believe is torture? The worst of the worst end up in here. Murderers, Rapists, Paedophiles, All of those scum who many believe deserve to suffer (and have it relatively comfortably in prison) can go through this psychological torment- isn't it a good thing?

Besides, The effects of solitary confinement are sometimes exaggerated.
A new study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law [psychnews. Org] which surveyed hundreds of inmates determined that only a small amount of individuals going through solitary confinement display symptoms of illness, Contrary to popular belief (that everyone eventually falls to the torture of not being able to talk to people).
Isn't segregating dangerous inmates from potentially murdering other inmates without causing the troublemaker any serious mental illness a good thing? Documentaries focusing on solitary confinement tend to focus only on the extreme cases and broaden these cases to try and represent the majority, Creating incorrect assumptions of solitary confinement in people.

As I've mentioned above, And as I'm going to elaborate on now, Solitary confinement is entirely worth the risk of mentally damaging inmates (which is less than previously assumed).
Solitary confinement can protect paedophiles and child molesters from being killed in prison (even other criminals consider these people particularly scummy). Solitary confinement is more secure, And can stop people from otherwise potentially breaking out of prison and escaping into the general public. With these benefits, Isn't it worth risking mentally damaging a few nutters, Especially if said nutters are scum that deserve to recieve such a punishment?


I'll be looking forward to round two.
Debate Round No. 1
goalieab25

Pro

Solitary Condiment is not something that any human can or should sustain. You can argue that these people locked are monsters witch quite frankly they might be and are not able to be in general population but being confined to a single cell 23 hours a day where you get a loaf to eat 1 book and your blanket is taken during the day is very wrong. We humans are "social animals" and we need the ability to communicate or someone to talk to. 80, 000 Americans were in solitary confinement 5 years ago and the number has dropped. It is described as human torture. Studies have shown that inmates could be more dangerous and have a higher chance of failing if ever released into the real world. Sleeping all day is not something that is fun or helps develop your mind and teach you how to be a better person. In an ABC news investigation where a police officer spent 48 hours in a solitary he barely did it. ' It feels like the walls are closing in on you. ' These people in solitary are not just in there for murder and sick crimes. Some get sent to the hole for reasons like smoking in prison or stealing food or something small. These people will get hurt or won't function in general population so there are more things that can be done witch I will explain more in round 3.
Anonymous03

Con

"Being confined to a single cell 23 hours a day where you get a loaf to eat 1 book and your blanket is taken during the day is very wrong. "
"It is described as human torture. We humans are "social animals" and we need the ability to communicate or someone to talk to. "
Care to elaborate? How is it 'very wrong'? Could you list the source from which you say people are only given a loaf to eat every day?
I'd argue that in medieval times people were subjected to this (or worse) all the time and this wasn't described as a horrible punishment.
". . . And we need the ability to communicate"
It's called talking. Most people with a mouth are able to do so, Hence they posess an 'ability to communicate'.
". . . Or someone to talk to. "
Source?
"Sleeping all day is not something that is fun or helps develop your mind. "
And this helps your argument how? Course it's not fun. But neither is prison. Prison also doesn't help develop your mind. I'd say people are sent there without considering how their minds develop in prison.
And by your own unsourced argument, Your blanket is taken away, And besides who says you're going to sleep all day?
"These people will get hurt or won't function in general population so there are more things that can be done. . . "
I said that individuals in solitary incarceration are generally only there to protect other inmates and prison staff from being attacked. I've also listed a source that says only a small amount are really hurt by solitary incarceration.
As I'll elaborate in Round 3, There are more things that can be done, Which are often in fact part of the solitary confinement process.

I'll be looking forward to actual substantive matter that I can rebut in round 3.
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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Anonymous03 3 years ago
Anonymous03
"Solitary condiment" lmao
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