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Solitary Confinement: Cruel and Unusual


Solitary Confinement: Cruel and Unusual Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images
Solitary Confinement: Cruel and Unusual Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images

In our continuing exploration of crime and punishment, we take a look at the practice of solitary confinement. To be sure, it has its place in prisons, sometimes for protection of the inmates themselves. However, leaving people in solitary for weeks, months and even years is another thing. We explore this cruel and unusual punishment in today's episode.


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