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Hell Is a Very Small Place Voices from Solitary Confinement

Review of a book documenting the practice of solitary confinement, the devastating effects of isolation, and the solidarity expressed between those subject to such punishment.

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On any given day in America, more than 80,000 people are held in solitary confinement—held in utter isolation for twenty-three or twenty-four hours a day, moved there from the general population without any legal process or justification. In a “potent cry of anguish from men and women buried way down in the hole” (Kirkus Reviews), Hell Is a Very Small Place offers rare accounts from the people who are now or have been in solitary confinement. As Chelsea Manning wrote from her own solitary confinement cell, “The personal accounts by prisoners are some of the most disturbing that I have ever read.” Read more...