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What does the term or concept, "solitary confinement " mean to you? [Details]?

Asked by ibstubro (18714points) March 26th, 2016

Would it surprise you to learn that over 80 percent of the 10,747 federal prisoners in solitary have a cellmate?

Two prisoners, both deemed too dangerous to be in the general prison population, are routinely bunked in the same room. A room slightly larger than a king-sized bed. Slightly smaller than the average parking space.

Isn’t this a lot like “execution by roommate”?

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RedDeerGuy1's avatar

It means a time out to settle down. I sleep relax in the dark in the bath tub and I like it. I’ve been in solitary for 18 hours In a medical ward. It was a happy experience. The only bad part is that I had to pee.

kritiper's avatar

Locked up in a single cell by oneself.

LuckyGuy's avatar

According to the dictionary Solitary means:
1.alone; without companions; unattended: a solitary passer-by.
2. living alone; avoiding the society of others: a solitary existence.
3. by itself; alone:one solitary house.
Sometimes prisoners are put in solitary to protect them from predators. 23 hours a day.
It is possible the two in a room are non-violent and are there to keep them away from being preyed upon the population at large.

ibstubro's avatar

@LuckyGuy you should read some of the link above.

The prison system routinely puts two murderers in a tiny cell together.

Seek's avatar

There’s a big difference between “I’ve been convicted of vehicular homicide because I was drunk” and “I routinely shank my fellow inmates because ::gang symbol::”

That said, I don’t think it surprises anyone to hear that our prisons are so overcrowded that they can’t even keep the Hole under capacity.

jca's avatar

Human rights advocacy groups will advocate via the courts and legislation. Unfortunately, the average citizen probably is not overly concerned about the comfort and safety of murderers, rapists and others in maximum security prisons.

NerdyKeith's avatar

It means to be locked up in a single cell, with basic toilet facilities and a bed. Food is brought in by guards then the door is locked. Usually it is based on a 23 hour lock down, and the prisoner is allowed out for a walk for one hour a day.

It would surprised be to know that solitary confinement prisoners have cell mates. I can see where this would run into problems. A lot of them probably end up killing each other.

Jaxk's avatar

Solitary confinement means ‘Alone’. If there is a cellmate, it’s not solitary. You must have been there to know the difference. I might also add that it’s not always due to danger or even criminal behavior. It sucks.

jca's avatar

@Jaxk: If you read the article in @ibstubro‘s link you’ll see that all solitary confinement is not solitary now. They’re overcrowded and putting two prisoners in a cell meant for one (meant for solitary).

Jaxk's avatar

I read the article. Whether you call it ‘restrictive housing’ or ‘segregation’, if there are more than one, it’s not solitary.

octopussy's avatar

I must have watched too many prison movies as I always considered solitary confinement to be one person per cell. Interesting article, ‘cellie’ killings have left the prisons wide open to law suits as is evidenced here and a waste of tax payer dollars which could have been avoided.

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