Albert Woodfox and the Case Against Solitary Confinement http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-...id=gnep&intcid=gnep&google_editors_picks=true With only a few brief exceptions, Woodfox had been held in his prison cell, alone, for twenty-three hours every day since 1972. For one hour each day he was allowed out of his cell to take a shower or exercise—still in total isolation. In short, for more than four decades, he was denied human contact. (The rest of the article is worthy of a read) Now I agree that the use of "isolation" in a prison setting is a necessary form of behavior-modification, and that continued good discipline and control may require it........but for 43 freaking years?????!!!!!! Just how in hell can such treatment be justified?! And when are first-world, civilized societies going to stop/prohibit such a cruel and unusual punishment? (AND, just how in the hell did this man retain and maintain his sanity??!) I'll bet he could teach everyone a thing or three about "Spiritual and Mental Well-Being!" I would like to hear his story, and hope some author will write it for him!