Transcript: Sen. Lindsey Graham’s opening remarks on the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee’s hearing on solitary confinement – June 19, 2012

Partial transcript of opening remarks by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) on solitary confinement. The hearing on “Reassessing Solitary Confinement: The Human Rights, Fiscal, and Public Safety Consequences” was held before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights on June 19, 2013:

…I’ve tried to be balanced in my view towards detention. I think, you know, the American values are on display when you have the power to confine someone. It says a lot about who we are as a nation. You know, the individual conduct has to be balanced against who we want to be as a nation.

And I understand the need to protect prisons from people who are acting out and doing the things that are disruptive to the prison environment. At the same time, I want to make sure our detention policies live within who we are and that is to try to turn people around, not just keep them off the streets – try to be constructive in changing people’s behavior and lives.

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