Stories tagged prisons

Feb
19
2007

Are prisons doing more harm than good?: Photo Library of Congress
Are prisons doing more harm than good?: Photo Library of Congress

A few weeks ago, Time magazine ran an article on supermax prisons – ones where every prisoner is held in solitary confinement. The article noted that sensory deprivation is known to cause mental breakdowns, and asked if these prisoners weren't driving prisoners insane.

Blogger Steven K. Erickson of the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation feels the comparison is inapt. The experience of the prisoner in solitary, though boring, is nothing like being sealed in a sensory deprivation tank.