Solitary confinement means being in a cell inside a cell.
There’s a bunk, a toilet, a sink and nothing else.
No books, no reading materials, radio or TV. And no conversations with anyone, guards or other prisoners.
Solitary confinement means just that – complete sensory deprivation.
Joey Pedersen, after spending 11 out of 14 years in solitary confinement, was released from an Oregon prison in May 2011.
When he walked out the front gate, he was full of bitterness and hatred. After all those years in solitary, or “The Hole” as it’s sometimes called, he didn’t know how to be around other people.
That’s because for nearly a third of his life, he had never been around other people.
A few months after his release, Joey Pedersen and his girlfriend murdered four innocent people.
He’s locked up again. This time for life without the possibility of parole.
But did his 11 years in the hole, in solitary confinement, somehow or in some way contribute to his anger and rage that cost 4 people their lives?
This podcast features the voices and thoughts of prisoners who know what it’s like to be in solitary confinement.
They’ve all been there.
And for most of the voices you’ll hear, for many, many years. And they know what it does to their minds, their ability to think and to act normally.
And they also know they wouldn’t have been in solitary confinement if they weren’t dangerous or hadn’t been a threat to the guards or other prisoners.
Certainly no one who’s put into solitary confinement is a model prisoner but the dilemma is how to keep the punishment from making things worse.
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