The U.N. defines 15 days of solitary confinement as torture. In NYS prisons and jails, 15 days is the minimum sentence, and most people spend several weeks to several years in solitary. It is the first punishment which is given by Correction Officers (COs) who interpret and enforce the several hundred rules, many of which … Continue reading SOLITARY CONFINEMENT IN NEW YORK STATE
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I've been lucky. Every time I've been in a cage by myself, I've known that people are watching out for me, people on the outside and on the inside. I also know that my time in solitary won't last very long. Now, I need to convince my AUTONOMIC nervous system of that--you know, the part … Continue reading Thoughts on being alone in a cage