Over the last two decades, we've seen an unusual surge in the use of solitary confinement in United States correctional facilities. This surge is despite the talks of prison reform in favour of incarcerated individuals and heavy criticism from medical and legal practitioners who deem the practice inhumane and unconstitutional; Not to mention the cost of building and operating supermax prisons up to three times more than traditional prisons. Several studies have also suggested that supermax prisons can negatively affect public safety.
With fiscal realities negatively impacting budgets set aside for things like education and health, there's no better time to re-examine the issues surrounding the topic of solitary confinement and whether it should continue. This blog article entitled, “10 Major Issues and Solutions About Solitary Confinement in The U.S.” reviews some of the major issues with solitary confinement in the United States and possible solutions and alternatives to it.