Convicted killer Jodi Arias just began the life sentence that was handed to her by an Arizona jury, and it doesn’t look like the experience is enjoyable at all. News Everyday reports that the woman who killed Travis Alexander is being kept in a solitary 12 foot by 7 foot cell for 23 hours a day. In other words, she is being kept in solitary confinement — and that’s where she’s slated to stay for the next few years, or until she can prove that she is well-behaved enough to live among other inmates.
The Christian Post reports that Arias was sentenced to life imprisonment without the chance for parole on April 13 of this year. She was immediately given a new mugshot, which differed from every other photo that’s been published of the convicted killer. She was not smiling, nor was she indignant. She looked defeated. She had been hoping, clearly, for a sentence of 25 to life, meaning she would have chances at getting parole. It seemed that the general public wanted her to get the death penalty.
Jodi Arias is expected to be in solitary confinement for at least a handful of years. She will not be able to visit with, sleep near, or eat around any other inmates. The only human beings she will have contact with will be guards or other prison staff. Solitary confinement is a controversial concept, with numerous people summing it up with torture. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has taken up a campaign to put a stop to solitary confinement in prisons. The infamous civil rights champions have referred to it as a “fundamentally inhumane” practice that costs taxpayers too much money and can lead worse problems. One problem observed with solitary confinement is that the extreme isolation may breed further criminality in inmates who are later released to the public, or at least to general pop.
Does Jodi Arias deserve to be in solitary confinement after she escaped the death penalty? Or is life imprisonment without parole enough punishment for someone like Jodi, who appears to thrive on the idea of freedom? Keep in mind that with or without solitary confinement, Arias has had plenty of access to the outside world via a laptop computer that has a webcam. She reportedly spends about nine hours a day chatting with her supporters and “fans,” who also put money on her books so that she can afford the chat time as well as unlimited Hershey chocolate bars.
[Photo: Myspace photo (Jodi Arias)]