erics096: December 2011 Archives

Have you ever felt very stressed and sad when you've been by yourself for a just a few hours? Everyone needs some alone time once in awhile but as humans, we all suffer when we aren't around others for a certain length of time.
There are over 25,000 U.S. prisoners in "supermaximum" facilities, which is solitary confinement. These prisoners live in a small cell with little to no windows. The stay in there for 23 hours each day. These prisoners over long periods of time suffer from depression, anxiety, high levels of stress and other psychological issues. psy blog1.jpg
Studies of volunteers in solitary confinement can't last a week, sometimes not even minutes in these environments. In studies with monkeys, those that didn't have contact with others for a year were never able to socialize and made themselves outcasts when released into an environment with other monkeys.
Solitary confinement is psychologically damaging, sometimes permanently. To many people it is considered torture and yet 40 states in the U.S. have these "supermax" facilities. These prisoners are facing the consequences for their actions, but is this punishment humane?psy blog2.jpg

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(Make up for discussion 12-1-11)
After reading about the eugenics movement in the United States, I have looked further into this horrifying part of our recent history. Recently in North Carolina, victims of involuntary sterilizations during the eugenics movement have been speaking out and demanding justice. One woman in particular stands out nationally with her tragic story.
Elaine Riddick was only 13 when she was raped and impregnated by a neighbor in Winfall, North Carolina. Immediately after giving birth, the doctors brought her to another room and sterilized her. The doctors claimed her to be "feeble-minded" and "promiscuous". This happened in 1967.
Elaine has recently been speaking out, taking her case to court and grabbing the nation's attention with her only son by her side. She managed to go to college and raise a successful son by herself, contradicting what the doctors claimed her to be.
North Carolina is now trying to find a way to pay the hundreds of victims still alive today for what the state has taken away from them. I think it's great how they are acknowledging their wrong and trying to help those they've damaged physically and emotionally, but how can they make up for what's been done to these people with money?

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