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Hackett, John; Gammon, Roland; Ross, Sayre; Breslow, Sally (ed.) / See
Vol. 10, No. 5 (Sept. 1951)

Solitary confinement,   pp. 12-14-15 PDF (2.4 MB)


Page 12

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NEW FRENCH PENAL PROGRAM KEEPS CRIMINALS
ALONE FOR A YEAR-EVEN AT CHURCH AND MEALS
All the world over, solitary confinement is sorrow's crown of sorrow
to thousands of prisoners wearying out their years behind bars. Con-
victs "in stir" invariably fear and fight it. Among prison authorities,
however, there is no such unanimity regarding it. In a modern French
prison. for example - contrary to U.S. practice - criminals are kept
separate for a year.
The French plan is revolutionary compared with traditional Amer-
ican and British methods. Where U.S. experts consider segregation a
ruthless punishment, French penologists view "solitary" as an essential
preliminary to rehabilitation. And at the big new Fresnes Prison near
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