Albert Woodfox lived alone with his own fears for the 43 years he spent isolated behind bars — his story is just one of the many stories of people who have been locked up in solitary confinement.
Nearly 20 percent of all prison inmates and 18 percent of jail inmates said they had spent time in solitary, according to BJS numbers. But the practice has drawn increased levels of scrutiny in recent years, as research and high-profile reform initiatives shed light on an ugly facet of U.S. criminal justice.
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Still, testimony from formerly incarcerated people who spent significant time in solitary confinement provides a uniquely chilling indictment of the practice. Here’s what each of the Angola 3 — who together spent more than 110 years in small, isolated cells — have said about the practice over the years.
ALBERT WOODFOX, 43 YEARS IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT
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