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What happens to people in solitary confinement | Laura Rovner

What happens to people in solitary confinement | Laura Rovner

Update: 2019-11-0532
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Imagine living with no significant human contact for years, even decades, in a cell the size of a small bathroom. This is the reality for those in long-term solitary confinement, a form of imprisonment regularly imposed in US prisons. In this eye-opening talk, civil rights lawyer Laura Rovner takes us to ADX, the US federal government's only supermax prison, and describes the dehumanizing effects of long-term solitude on the mind, personality and sense of self. What emerges is an urgent case for abolishing solitary confinement -- and evidence for how our tax dollars, public safety and values are implicated in it. "Prisons are administered in our name and on our behalf," she says. "We have an obligation to bear witness."
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Wilfredo Membrere

the example she used the guy killed a correctional officer though? hes unfit to be in general population. How else would they punish those who break rules in jail? i know its harsh and inhumane but whats the solution?

Nov 8th
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SLIM007

This is inhumane not right!!

Nov 6th
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What happens to people in solitary confinement | Laura Rovner

What happens to people in solitary confinement | Laura Rovner

Laura Rovner