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Asylums far better than solitary cells

Asylums far better than solitary cells

Robin Schnell, Scotia


Thank you for publishing Roy Neville’s June 13 letter [“New asylums may help most violent”] about the need for new asylums as a way of mitigating gun violence. 

Recently, I was lobbying to halt solitary confinement in prisons. The aide my group was talking to was the son of two corrections officers.

He didn’t want to get rid of solitary because he was afraid his parents would be killed by violent prisoners and solitary confinement was their only tool. A worse tool for dealing with violent prisoners couldn’t exist.

Solitary makes them worse, with most prison suicides happening there. The answer is an appropriate psychiatric hospital. This will be a benefit to corrections officers, other prisoners, people with mental illness and their loved ones.

If there’s a New York state legislator reading this letter, please put together a bipartisan bill to start this in motion.

Mental illness doesn’t discriminate by political party or ability to donate.

Robin Schnell


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