Sú refsing að halda fólki í einangrun til langs tíma hefur alltaf vakið hjá mér gríðarlegan óhug -- hversu langt þangað til maður missir vitið? Þessi langa en mjög áhugaverða grein í New Yorker fjallar um einangrunarfangelsi og hrikaleg sálfræðileg áhrif þess að vera einsamall í einangrun árum saman.
The number of prisoners in [high-security isolation] facilities has ... risen to extraordinary levels. America now holds at least twenty-five thousand inmates in isolation in supermax prisons. An additional fifty to eighty thousand are kept in restrictive segregation units, many of them in isolation, too, although the government does not release these figures. By 1999, the practice had grown to the point that Arizona, Colorado, Maine, Nebraska, Nevada, Rhode Island, and Virginia kept between five and eight per cent of their prison population in isolation, and, by 2003, New York had joined them as well. Mississippi alone held eighteen hundred prisoners in supermaxtwelve per cent of its prisoners over all.
Þá vil ég frekar að þeim sé hleypt út um helgar.
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