Limiting Traumatic Solitary Confinement in Illinois Prisons

Limiting Traumatic Solitary Confinement in Illinois Prisons

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Lisa barboza started this petition to Senator Richard J. Durbin

Understanding the psychological and physical effects of solitary confinement can help policymakers understand the long-term trauma solitary confinement can cause on prisoners. Solitary confinement is considered harmful to the mental health of inmates because it restricts meaningful social contact, a psychological stimulus that humans need in order to remain healthy and functioning. Isolated inmates also experience symptoms of depression, such as hopelessness, mood swings, and withdrawal. These depressive symptoms may even escalate to thoughts of self-harm and suicide. As compared to the general prison population, rates of suicide and self-harm are particularly high in prisoners assigned to solitary confinement.There is a definite need to find alternative incarceration methods to effectively manage the behaviors of inmates without dehumanizing them and causing harm to their physical and mental health. We want to promote change in the Illinois prisons and limit any solitary confinement that leaves permanent psychological and physical trauma on inmates by using alternatives such as,reducing the number of people placed in solitary confinement, meeting the needs of inmates with severe mental health issues and increasing effective treatment and provide more mental health support and interactions like having counseling sessions with inmates, minimizing the length of time spent isolated, and improve the conditions in restrictive housing. We want to focus on humanizing the system, and rehabilitation with inmates in solitary confinement. 

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