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by Peter Moskos

March 30, 2009

Hellhole

Is solitary confinement torture? I think so. The New Yorker has a story by Atul Gawande.

2 comments:

jeff said...

When I first read the title, I thought it was going to be about the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City. Wrong, it is about the another hellhole, solitary confinement. If you believe the studies than it seems that solitary confinement does not work. What I found to be intersesting was the fact, even after Robert Felton had spent all that time in confinement, he would not want the warden to spend time in solitary confinement. I believe that speaks volumes of how bad it can be to spend time alone.

lynn said...

That article was disturbing. It says a lot about American society today that we allow that to happen without stopping to explore the reasons for misbehavior.

It's extra disturbing to me since I know (statistically) that some of my students will end up incarcerated. The thought of them inside solitary breaks my heart.