Voices from Solitary:
Haunted by Memory’s Ghosts December 30, 2012 By Voices from Solitary Leave a Comment The following account comes from our faithful reader Alan CYA #65085. He recalls time spent, more than 40 years ago, in a juvenile jail in California–and a Christmas spent in solitary. . . . . . . . . . . .
Comment, important sent by e-mail from Francis:After about a year and a half, Maine’s Department of Corrections Commissioner, Joseph Ponte, ushered in reforms leading to a 70 percent reduction in Maine’s solitary confinement population. He has justified such changes by explaining that using solitary confinement is less effective at keeping both prisoners and prison personnel safe. Not only have the reforms worked, the changes have led to increased savings. Maine’s success is now a model for states around the country.