Voices from Solitary: Head Cases

The following piece, including the introduction, was originally published in the Colorado Independent, and is republished here by permission.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . Editor’s note: Yesterday, the Colorado General Assembly passed a bill to ban the use of long-term solitary confinement for prisoners with […]

Illinois Prisoner Says Years of Solitary Confinement Caused Mental Illness, Self-Mutilation

“Dear America” wrote Anthony Gay, who is being held in solitary confinement in Tamms supermax prison in Illinois, “It is like this place  is designed to  psychologically kill you. How could America be so cruel to its own people?… Is there a need to psychologically kill prisoners?” In Gay’s case, his lawyers claim, a seven-year term […]