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Solitary Confinement and Prison Reform: A Jewish Paradigm

  • Shlomo BoltsEmail author
  • Yossi Ives
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Abstract

This chapter explores how Jewish values may help change ideas and attitudes on solitary confinement and encourage prison reform. Challenging the increasing use of solitary confinement in prison in the USA and elsewhere, this chapter explores the social aspect that underpins the commission of criminal acts. Drawing on Jewish ethical teachings, Biblical stories, and Halachic civil law, an innovative conception of crime as resulting from a person’s dislocation and detachment from society is presented, and on this basis a call is made to consider ways of responding to crime that do more to resocialize offenders and to reduce the use of measures that reinforce social isolation.

Keywords

Solitary confinement Prison reform Criminal justice Torture Foucault Jewish values Biblical teachings Jewish civil law Halacha Maimonides 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Miami BeachUSA
  2. 2.Uri L’TzedekNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Tag Institute for Social DevelopmentLondonEngland

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