Report in Mass Dissent by Peter Wagner on a ‘Disability and the State’ panel discussion at The Rebellious Law Conference in 2000.
At the International Symposium on Solitary Confinement, researchers and formerly incarcerated people made it clear that isolation causes severe and permanent damage.
Even in the best of times, jails are not good at providing health and social services.
Any amount of time spent in solitary confinement increases the risk of death after release from prison, including deaths by suicide, homicide, and opioid overdose.
A recent study of recently incarcerated people finds that witnessing violence is a frequent and traumatizing experience in prison.