The cruelty of solitary confinement

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.