Letters From The Hole: Solitary Confinement "Has Damaged Me Beyond Repair"
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: Daniel has a long history of hurting himself, which is a violation of prison rules in New York. As a result, Daniel has spent "more than two decades cycling in and out of extreme isolation." His latest self-mutilation landed him in solitary confinement for four months. He says his life in isolation "has damaged me beyond repair."
See Daniel's letter below.