Sound Off for January 11th: Should Washington's prisons do away with solitary confinement?

Published On: Jan 11 2013 02:15:05 PM PST
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Washington prison officials are rethinking solitary confinement.

They have found that locking up prisoners alone for 23 hours a day tends to make mentally ill and violent inmates worse and more likely to cause trouble when they are released.

Putting them in treatment or classes appears to calm behavior. It's also cheaper than solitary.

Washington prisons are at the forefront of the new approach at intensive management units at prisons at Clallam Bay, Monroe and Walla Walla.

How do you feel about it?  Is solitary confinement inhumane, should prisons eliminate it altogether?  Or do you feel it's a good form of punishment?

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