Solitary: ’Hell Is a Very Small Place’

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What’s it like to spend time in solitary?

“The very essence of life is human contact,” says Five Mualimm-ak, who spent 12 years in the New York State prison system. “Losing that contact, you lose your sense of identity.”

In sobering first-person testimonies, several former inmates who spent time in segregation are speaking out about the psychological impact and, in the process, puncturing some of the myths about why prisoners get sent there in the . . .

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