End Solitary Confinement in Florida
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Solitary confinement is the action of isolating a person in a cell with little human interaction for 22–24 hours a day, a sentence that can range from days to decades. During this time prisoners are restricted from natural light; media like books, television, and radio; visitation rights; and group activities.
In Florida, solitary confinement is used at an extremely high rate, nearly three times the average rate of solitary confinement in state prisons across the United States.
Despite common belief, many of the people placed in solitary confinement are not always high risk, violent adults. According to the ACLU,
"There is a popular misconception that solitary is used only for the most violent and dangerous prisoners.In fact, at least 80,000 people are held in “restricted housing” every day in this country and the majority of them are severely mentally ill or cognitively disabled. Low‐risk “nuisance prisoners” are also housed in solitary because they have broken minor rules or filed grievances or lawsuits. Children held in adult prisons are also held in solitary "for their own safety". If the use of solitary confinement were restricted solely to the dangerous and the predatory, most supermax prisons would stand virtually empty."
This seclusion is inhumane and physiologically damaging. People placed in solitary confinement experience serious mental health issues such as anxiety, panic, insomnia, paranoia, aggression, and depression.
Despite their crimes, prisoners are still human beings and should be treated as such. Please sign this petition in an effort to bring further awareness about the cruelty of solitary confinement and take a step towards ending the practice for good.
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