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Death and Other PenaltiesPhilosophy in a Time of Mass Incarceration$
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Geoffrey Adelsberg, Lisa Guenther, and Scott Zeman

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823265299

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823265299.001.0001

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Statement on Solitary Confinement

Statement on Solitary Confinement

(p.227) Statement on Solitary Confinement
Death and Other Penalties

Abu Ali Abdur’Rahman

Fordham University Press

This chapter presents a testimony against the use of solitary confinement from the perspective of the author who has spent many of his teenage and adult years in solitary. Submitted to the June 2012 Senate Subcommittee on Solitary Confinement, this statement describes the damaging effects of his confinements as well as the link between confinement and the institutional failure to address sexual abuse in prison. Acknowledging his and others' injuries and failures, the author argues for the need for a social space to heal and grow. Further, he argues against the “criminalization of mental illness” and for a transformation of the prison into a psychologically and socially aware space offering direction to those who have suffered confinement, poverty, racism, and class oppression.

Keywords:   solitary confinement, sexual abuse, prison, prisoners, mental illness

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