Letters From The Hole: Inmate Denied Mental Health Treatment For Nine Months. Then He Attempted Suicide
York Civil Liberties Union recently released a report outlining the
"inhumane, arbitrary use of solitary confinement" in New York state
Included in the report are handwritten letters from several inmates placed in segregated housing (solitary confinement) for various -- in many cases non-violent -- reasons. The letters describe what life is like for those locked in a cage for 23 hours a day.
The Voice will be publishing several of the letters in a series called Letters From the Hole.
Today's inmate: Daryl is an inmate at the Upstate Correctional Facility. He kept records of the multiple requests for mental health treatment he made while in extreme isolation. His requests, he says, were ignore for nine months. Then he tried to kill himself. See his letter below.