“Lock It Down”: How Solitary Started in the U.S.

Article exploring the history of the practice of solitary confinement.

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The modern use of solitary confinement in American prisons began with two murders.

On Oct. 22, 1983, two prison guards were killed by inmates at Illinois’ Marion State Penitentiary, which at the time, was the highest-security facility in the country. Marion was built to replace Alcatraz and intended to house the “worst of the worst.” Read more...