April 24, 2016

Alternative voices

Hell Is a Very Small Place:
Voices from Solitary Confinement
Edited by Jean Casella, James Ridgeway, and Sarah Shourd

Hell Is a Very Small Place is the first-ever trade book on solitary confinement, and the only book to feature firsthand accounts of life in solitary. President Barack Obama, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, and Pope Francis have all criticized the widespread use of solitary confinement in prisons and jails. UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez has denounced the use of solitary beyond fifteen days as a form of cruel and degrading treatment that often rises to the level of torture. Yet the United States holds more than eighty thousand people in isolation on any given day. Now, sixteen authors vividly describe the realities of life in solitary.

1 comment:

Leslie Armstrong said...

This is so shameful. Google Scandinavian Prisons. If anyone should be for our harsh prison system, I should be counted among them as I am the mother of a daughter, viciously murdered by a (sick, obviously) stranger, but I am not. I am fully behind the Scandinavian system.