The suicide statistics, the squalor and the recidivism haven’t ended solitary confinement. Maybe the brain studies will, hopes Shruti Ravindran in Aeon Magazine.
I’d turned against privatizing prisons as I was worried that the operators would seek to grow the market i.e. send more people to prison. What I hadn’t considered was the other way that private companies could grow – not by expanding the market but by offering added-value services, in this case solitary confinement. That’s got to be one reason why it has grown so much.