Brutality of Solitary

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Mon, 08/15/2011

 Lance Tapely is an investigative journalist in Maine whose work has exposed the use  of  solitary confinement as a punishment in prisons and jails and led  to some reforms.  He talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the destructive  effects of solitary on its victims, many of  whom are mentally ill.  The photo comes from a video.   Tapely writes,  "the prison tapes each extraction [removal of a prisoner from a cell] in order to prove, some people would say ironically, that the prisoner is not being mistreated."

 

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