Over 80,000 inmates are in solitary confinement in the US, at any given time. Humans, like dolphins, killer whales, parrots and chimpanzees, are social animals who normally live in close quarters with either family or other groups of humans.
Human beings and many types of animals are not designed to live alone in isolation and go downfill mentally and emotionally very quickly if held in isolation. Studies show that after one week to one month in solitary confinement, the average human becomes violent, suicidal, depressed and starts acting out. Anyone acting out or harming themselves in solitary confinement is ‘punished’ with MORE solitary confinement.
via AFSC; Justice System Solitary Confinement Is Epidemic In Prisons, Classified As Torture, Cruel And Unusual Punishment By UN; What Are The Long Term Consequences Of Severe Punishment And Revenge In Justice System? | A Green Road Journal