By Keramet Reiter
initially intended to be short and remarkable, solitary confinement in U.S. prisons has develop into long term and customary. Prisoners spend twenty-three hours an afternoon in featureless cells, with out viewers or human touch for years on finish, and they're held completely at directors’ discretion. Keramet Reiter tells the historical past of 1 “supermax,” California’s Pelican Bay kingdom legal, whose severe stipulations lately sparked a statewide starvation strike by way of 30,000 prisoners. This e-book describes how Pelican Bay was once created with no legislative oversight, in worried reaction to Nineteen Seventies radicals; how simply prisoners slip into solitary; and the psychological havoc and social expenses of years and many years in isolation. The made of fifteen years of study in and approximately prisons, this booklet offers crucial historical past to a subject matter now drawing nationwide attention.
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