Locking Kids Up in Solitary Confinement: This is What We’re Talking About

Posted: March 7, 2019 in At-risk kids

I wanted to re-post this piece about the physical limitations of a solitary confinement cell in light of Albert Woodfox’s memoir, “Solitary”, about his 40 years locked up in solitary in Angola. Just the physical limitations alone can break the human spirit. Woodfox’s courage and strength are remarkable.

Kids in the system

I’ve written a lot about solitary confinement and the terrible damage it does to anyone–but especially young people who are still physically, intellectually, psychologically unformed, vulnerable–children. I’ve seen kids in solitary lock-up; in a very small way I’ve experienced the sensory deprivation that they experience 24 hours a day, and witnessed what that deprivation does to them. There have been calls, pleas from all kinds of organizations both nationally and internationally, for the US to end the practice of putting kids in isolation. To no avail. Why? I can’t help asking. Why?

Solitary Watch is our watchdog site that won’t let us forget what goes on in these rooms of isolation. They recently had a graphic that brought back to me the times I’ve been able to visit young people in solitary. I share that graphic.

This is what we are talking about when we talk about “solitary confinement.” Imagine…

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