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Solitary Confinement : Lived Experiences and Ethical Implications (Hardcover) (David Polizzi)

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Why is solitary confinement still used in today’s world? Does it help in the rehabilitation of offenders? And how does our justification of its use affect policy? Answering these questions and posing many others, this is the first volume to consider both the developmental history of solitary confinement and the lived experience of those in confinement. Using philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s concept of embodied subjectivity, this book provides firsthand accounts of the inhumane practice of solitary confinement, deepening our appreciation of the relationship between penal strategy and its effect on human beings. David Polizzi draws on his own experiences as a psychological specialist in the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections and interviews conducted in connection with the Guardian 6x9 project—a virtual reality solitary confinement experience—to explore what the intentional aspect of this almost uninhabitable type of imprisonment says about any democratic society that continues to justify it. Aimed at policy makers, Solitary Confinement challenges the social attitudes that uncritically condone its use.
Number of Pages: 96
Genre: Social Science
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
Author: David Polizzi
Language: English
Street Date: April 1, 2017
TCIN: 52153249
UPC: 9781447337539
Item Number (DPCI): 248-42-2103
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