The hidden damage of solitary confinement

Meant to punish or protect, social isolation in prison creates a ripple of unintended effects on the psyche

Knowable Magazine
Jun 22, 2018 · 10 min read
Photo by Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images

By Ramin Skibba

The boring, monotonous or even soul-crushing experience of being locked up in solitary confinement has been brought to the silver screen by actors like Tim Robbins in…

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