Criminal Justice Trapped in the Hole : America Solitary Problem FRONTLINE

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After seven months in isolation at Cresson state penitentiary in Pennsylvania, an inmate identified as “EE” began to deteriorate.

He banged his head against his cell, smeared feces on the walls, and ripped the bandage off of a wound, digging in his fingers until it bled.

EE had been diagnosed with a schizoaffective disorder and an intellectual disability. He’s spent seven of the last 12 years in isolation in various Pennsylvania institutions.

At Cresson, during 15 consecutive months in isolation, he would threaten or attempt to harm or kill himself at least 15 times.

“Isolation,” he would later tell Justice Department officials, “makes me want to rip my face off.”

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