The difference between being in isolation in a hospital (usually to protecxt the public from an infectious disease you may have) to solitary confinement in a prison? How can you compare the two? I can see a number of reasons to separate a particular prisoner from the general population, starting with his own protection. Imagine what the lifespan of a prisoner who testified against a terrorist cell or an organized crime family would be if he were placed among the general population of a prison? How long would an ex-policeman survive in a general population that included people his former work put inside the prison for life? On the other hand, there are prisoners in prison who are so sociopathic that the general prison population must be protected from them. Is it so hard to imagine people who are capable of killing another person for any insult, real or imagined? I agree that solitary confinement for life is an extreme punishment, one that probably damages the person serving such a sentence, but the nature of the crimes committed by a person deserving of such a punishment already indicate that those inmates are beyond rehabilitation, or will die as the result of vengeance killings by other inmates. Mr. Levy, how can you be so cavalier with such a suggestion that will certainly result in hundreds, if not thousands of deaths worldwide? Are you so insulated from the realities of situations that a global prohibition of a measure that is also a life-saving measure for the potential victims to protect the rights of the potential; perpetrators is more important? Do you hate prison inmates who testified against their former colleagues and ex-policement who became criminals so much that you want them executed extralegally? Do you love the human rights of a sociopathic murderer so much that you'll place the safety of innocents who might unwittingly "insult" such a person in prison as a lesser priority? Mr. Levy, please reconsider your statements again.
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