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Hell Is a Very Small Place : Voices from Solitary Confinement (Reprint) (Paperback)

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On any given day in America, over 80,000 people are held in solitary confinement—held in utter isolation for twenty-three or twenty-four hours a day, moved there from the general population without any legal process or justification. In a "potent cry of anguish from men and women buried way down in the hole" (Kirkus Reviews), Hell Is a Very Small Place offers rare accounts from the people who are now or have been in solitary confinement. As Heather Ann Thompson says in Publishers Weekly, "In these pages, readers hear firsthand of the soul-crushing loneliness that comes when one is kept away from all other human beings for months and years on end. Readers also witness the terrifying hallucinations that such isolation generates, and they are asked to really consider the panic that sets in when men and women can see that their sense of time and space and reality are eroding and, therefore, that their very sanity is ebbing away."

These firsthand accounts are supplemented by the writing of noted experts exploring the psychological, legal, ethical, and political dimensions of solitary confinement, and a comprehensive introduction by Solitary Watch co-founders James Ridgeway and Jean Casella. Sarah Shourd, herself a survivor of more than a year of solitary confinement, writes eloquently in a preface about an experience that changed her life.
Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 226
Genre: Social Science
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Perseus Distribution Services
Language: English
Street Date: September 5, 2017
TCIN: 52870648
UPC: 9781620973516
Item Number (DPCI): 248-49-7922
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