The Road to Hell: The Case Against Solitary Confinement

Solitary confinement is unconstitutional punishment for prisoners who have, or are at risk of, serious mental illness. Dan Jackson and Nicholas Goldberg point out the negative effects — hallucinations, hypertension, uncontrollable anger, suicidal thoughts, and chronic depression. It is no excuse to claim that the rules against solitary confinement do not apply as long as the prisoner has contact with guards and occasional visits from lawyers, psychiatrists, and family members.