However, semantics mean little when your life is essentially lived in a cage for five or more years.
If someone in prison is classified at the highest level of solitary confinement, it will be two years before they can be with other people and that’s under the best of circumstances. A recent review of data at the Ohio State Penitentiary shows that only a little over half increased their privileges within two years.
The U.S. Supreme Court and almost all international human rights groups and medical professionals say solitary confinement is akin to physical and mental torture.
People placed in solitary confinement exhibit chronic depression, paranoia, difficulties with concentration and memory, and irrational rage. These effects are exacerbated even further for people with mental illness.
More than 19 percent of Ohio’s prison population is on the mental health caseload, and yet they are routinely placed in long-term solitary confinement.
Learn more about ACLU of Ohio’s campaign to end solitary confinement in Ohio’s prison