By Keramet Reiter
initially intended to be short and remarkable, solitary confinement in U.S. prisons has turn into long term and customary. Prisoners spend twenty-three hours an afternoon in featureless cells, with out viewers or human touch for years on finish, and they're held totally at directors’ discretion. Keramet Reiter tells the historical past of 1 “supermax,” California’s Pelican Bay kingdom legal, whose severe stipulations lately sparked a statewide starvation strike via 30,000 prisoners. This ebook describes how Pelican Bay was once created with no legislative oversight, in apprehensive reaction to Seventies radicals; how simply prisoners slip into solitary; and the psychological havoc and social charges of years and a long time in isolation. The made of fifteen years of analysis in and approximately prisons, this e-book offers crucial history to a subject matter now drawing nationwide attention.
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