Solitary Confinement: Punishment Or Cruelty? NPR

Solitary Confinement: Punishment Or Cruelty?

by NPR STAFF

March 10, 2013

An estimated 80,000 American prisoners spend 23 hours a day in closed isolation units for 10, 20 or even more than 30 years.

Now, amid growing evidence that it causes mental breakdown, the Federal Bureau of Prisons has decided for the first time to review its policies on solitary confinement.

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