End solitary confinement in oregon prisons and jails

End solitary confinement in oregon prisons and jails

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Haley Hop started this petition to Senator Jeff Merkley and

Studies have shown that solitary confinement of individuals causes long term psychological issues and can lead to longer incarceration and even suicide. Humans are not meant to be confined in a small space with no human interaction and touch. We need stimulation. Without human interaction it can be catastrophic in most cases. Segregation is abused constantly by corrections officers. The SHU is in place to discipline individuals who have broken rules, or keep them out of harm's way if they are believed to be a target. Unfortunately not all follow those guidelines. Inmates are thrown in isolation for merely "eyeballing" the wrong CO, or talking back to them. Having an opinion or standing up for yourself should not have negative connotations. Those who do are constantly punished for it. These imates are already placed in a cage then put in another cage. Its wrong and something needs to be done about it. 

One studies findings included: 

Solitary confinement was “strongly associated” with increased risk of self-harm. “Inmates ever assigned to solitary confinement were 3.2 times as likely to commit an act of self-harm per 1,000 days at some time during their incarceration as those never assigned to solitary…. These inmates assigned to solitary were 2.1 times as likely to commit acts of self-harm during the days that they were actually in solitary confinement and 6.6 times as likely to commit acts of self-harm during the days that they were not in solitary confinement, relative to inmates never assigned to solitary confinement.”
After controlling for length of jail stay, serious mental illness, age and race, the researchers determined that prisoners “punished by solitary confinement were approximately 6.9 times as likely to commit acts of self-harm.”
Of all the incarcerations analyzed, 4 percent involved inmates who were diagnosed with serious mental illness. Overall, 7.3 percent of incarcerations involved solitary confinement.
“In 1,303 of these incarcerations there were 2,182 acts of self-harm; in 89 incarcerations there were 103 acts of potentially fatal self-harm. The most common methods of self-harm were laceration (34 percent), ligature (28 percent), swallowing a foreign body (15 percent), and overdose (14 percent).

The American Psychiatric Association, hold that mentally ill prisoners should not be held in solitary confinement for longer than four weeks. The National Commission on Correctional Healthcare, an organization of everybody in the prison health care profession, psychiatrists, medical people and so on, have endorsed the Mandela rules. Many organizations have reached a consensus that solitary confinement should be used only as a last resort, only for the shortest amount of time absolutely necessary and never for certain vulnerable populations.

Nearly every scientific inquiry into the effects of solitary confinement over the past 150 years has concluded that subjecting an individual to more than 10 days of involuntary segregation results in a distinct set of emotional, cognitive, social, and physical pathologies.”

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