In this piece for The Atlantic, Natalie Chang explores the devastating psychological trauma of solitary confinement.
“That is the legacy and the cost of solitary confinement: The ravages of the prison system do not end when a sentence does. The failures of the federal justice system, including a reliance on solitary confinement, are not confined to its victims. They also decimate families and infect entire communities with fear. For juveniles, solitary confinement interrupts their most crucial stage of self-determination, robs them of it, then returns them to society without the resources they need to process their trauma.”