Solitary Confinment: Is It Worth It.

History of solitary confinement in the US.

The first use of solitary confinement in the US was in 1829, at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Someone is normally put into S.C. when they continually break prison rules, are a direct threat to staff and other inmates, a direct threat to their own health, or are targeted by the prison population due to the nature of their crime. The inmate can spend from 22 to 24 hours a day in their cell, never seeing anyone other than the prison guards, and that contact is minimal. As you can imagine this has led to some issues, both in the mental health of the inmates and the legality of the practice.

Harmful effects.

Many studies have been done into the effects of S.C. on a person. These effects can be one or more of the following:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • suicidal tendency’s
  • hallucinations
  • dissociation
  • increased rage

The list goes on and on. It doesn’t take a doctor to see how taking a criminal and adding these things into the mix could be extremely dangerous, for the inmate and the public. Imagine taking someone who was arrested for assault, locking him up for a few months in S.C. and then releasing him back into the public. When you combine a person who has some issues (with what is essentially torture), then you will obviously end worse than you began. Which takes us to our next point.

Torture by definition.

According to the U.N. (part 1, Article 1) the act of torture can easily describe the type of issue someone in solitary confinement could face on a daily basis. Some people will have a hard time associating the word torture with inmates, who have committed a crime. The thing you need to keep in mind is if you are for human rights, then those rights apply to all humans. They apply to you, teachers, drug dealers, cops, pedophiles, and farmers. Torture is wrong, no matter what lens you view it through.


My thoughts.

It can be hard, but i attempt to place myself in everyone’s shoes when i write something like this here or somewhere else. One turn down a one way street, one look down while driving, one bad decision and most anyone could end up in jail. One accident at work and you could be without a job, and in need of quick cash. You could find yourself sitting in a holding cell awaiting intake into a facility where you could end up in S.C. ,for something another inmate does. I feel that S.C. is a crime against basic human rights, I believe its torture. But even if you don’t feel the same way I do while sitting in your warm room pecking reading this, think about how you would feel sitting in that cell wondering if you might be in S.C. before the week is through.

If you would like a longer read, with more facts and numbers please check out the link to Solitary Watch below.

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Solitary Watch


WOTD: Grainy

Did you know you can still hear and see the reminents of the Big Bang.

First you have to get your hands on an analog TV. When you turn it on you will be met with grainy static and garbled noise. 

The image you see is a visual representation of the radiation caused by the Big Bang, and the noise is an audible one.

You can also test this out on an fm radio by running it to any non used frequency. You will hear “white noise” which is the same thing.

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WOTD: Willy-nilly

Did you know that this phrase dates back to the year 1000.

The text was Aelfric’s lives of Saints.

The phrase also pops up time and time again in the works of Shakespeare, such as Hamlet.

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WOTD: Prickle

Did you know a group of Hedgehogs are known as a prickle.

They can also be known as an array. Porcupines can also use the collective noun prickle.

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WOTD: Jiffy

Did you know that a jiffy is 33.3564 picoseconds.

This amount of time was labeled as such by an American chemist, Gilbert Newton Lewis. More recently the word has been used to describe the time between one computer animation frame and the next.

The oldest speculated use of jiffy coins it as a slang term for lightning, from around 1785.

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WOTD: Delivery

Did you know that the first food delivery service is thought to have occurred as early as 1947.

The service was organized by the Woman’s Volunteer Service during WW2. It was first dreamt up out of a need in the community for cooked meals that could not be provided at home, due to the lack of power, water, or whole kitchen is some places. Unlike today the meals were cooked and transported warm. The idea quickly spread around the globe. It has gone through many iterations from helping the elderly, needy, homeless, to the mass consumer needs that we see mostly today.

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WOTD: Glaring

Did you know that a group of cats is a Glaring.

Or a clowder. Unless of course you are talking about wild cats, because in that case they are a dowt. Or destruction. 

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WOTD: Spicy

Did you know there’s a new pepper in the running for world’s spiciest pepper.

The aptly named Dragons Breath pepper is allegedly almost double the Scoville as the current king, the Carolina Reaper.

The Chile was cultivated at Nottingham Trent University, using special plant food. It is said that they intend to use it as a anesthetic in third world countries due to its extreme numbing properties.

The pepper carries a warning about anaphylactic shock from the university.

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WOTD: Carousel

Did you know that Carousels as we know them originated in jousting tournaments.

Knights in the Middle East and Europe would ride around in a circle, all the while throwing balls to one another. While this might sound like something straight out of Monty Python, it was actual considered an athletic act. The ability to maintain control over both horse and ball were said to equate to ones skill level as a knight.

The first iteration of this tradition that resembles what we see today sprung up around the 17th century, at fairgrounds in Europe. The game was changed to attempting to spear small rings hanging above the rider’s head as they went around in a circle.

This eventually turned into homemade wooden rides at every fair in Europe. The main difference here were that there was no platform. That is to say the rider would sit on a wooden animal which was suspended from the ceiling, and be flung around the circle using centrifugal force.

The 19th century ushered in the playoff carousel we know today. There would be some tweaks here and there but for the most part they were as we know them today.

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WOTD: Amble

Did you know that walking, even at a amble pace, has many health benefits.

It’s the one thing the majority of us can do that we don’t do enough. From a brisk walk, to an amble stroll, walking is amazing for your health. Here are just a few examples of the health benifits to this simple task. 

  • Maintaining a health weight. 
  • Decreased risk of heart disease.
  • Decreased risk of osteoporosis.
  • Lowering LDL(bad cholesterol)
  • Raising your HDL(good cholesterol)
  • Reduced risk of high blood pressure.

The list goes on and on. The point here is that for something so simple, the rewards are amazing. Remember, it’s free, at your own pace, good for your health, and can be fun. So quit reading this and get out there.

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