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Friday, March 27, 2009 

The sense of touch

I'd read some stuff about how long term isolation can cause mental problems, but this wide-ranging article at the New Yorker is utterly horrifying. I hope the problem isn't as bad up here, but in any case clearly changes need to be made. The scariest part? The only thing that keeps these "supermax" prisons going is the general public's sense that they're 'fair'....

It's a pretty disturbing article, isn't it?

Parts of it actually scared me, to the extent that some of my brain actually started working away at what I could do should I ever find myself in solitary confinement.

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