Thursday, October 20, 2011 | Categories: Episodes
Part Two of The Current
Solitary Confinement - Juan Mendez
We started this segment with a clip from a new inmate begins his sentence at the Devil's Island prison in the film Papillon. The movie is set in the 1930s, and in those days, long stays in solitary confinement were thought to give a prisoner time to reflect and atone for his crimes.
The film portrays it as a form of torture. And that's exactly how Juan Mendez sees it. He is the UN's Special Rapporteur on Torture - and this week, he called for a ban on most forms of solitary confinement. Juan Mendez joined us from New York.
Solitary Confinement - Garry Sawatzky
Garry Sawatzky knows what it's like when that cell door shuts and the long silence begins. He served 10 years in prison for stabbing another man to death in 1985. After his release, he played for the CFL . Today he works with prisoners and was in Winnipeg.
Solitary Confinement - Wagdy Loza
Not everyone agrees that getting rid of solitary confinement would be a good idea. Wagdy Loza says it works. He is the former chief psychologist at the Kingston Penitentiary. He is currently adjunct professor in the department of psychiatry at Queens university and a Board member on the Ontario Review Board which reviews individuals who have been found either unfit to stand trial or not criminally responsible on account of a psychological or psychiatric disorder. Wagdy Loza was in Kingston, Ontario.
Other segments from today's show: