Credit: GQ

Buried Alive: Stories from inside solitary confinement

Steven Czifra(8 years in solitary): That’s what people don’t understand when you try to explain. I’m there for eight years, and in that eight years, they have eight years of experiences. I have one day of experiences. Every day is the same.

It is brutal. It is torture by definition. It destroys the mind, body, and soul, making rehabilitation next to impossible. It is also outrageously expensive, and it doesn’t work. Yet at the end of the Obama era, and the dawn of Trump’s, isolation is as widely used as ever in the American penal system. And this is what it feels like.

Nathaniel Penn in GQ.