Letters From the Hole: New York Prison Inmate Gets a Year in Solitary Confinement for Smoking Pot
Included in the report are handwritten letters from several inmates placed in segregated housing (solitary confinement) for various -- in many cases non-violent -- reasons. The letters describe what life is like for those locked in a cage for 23 hours a day.
The Voice will be publishing several of the letters in a series called Letters From the Hole.
Today's inmate: Chris, a New York state prison inmate, currently is serving a one-year sentence in extreme isolation. This means he's alone in his cell 23 hours a day. His infraction: testing positive for marijuana. This is Chris' seventh trip to the segregated housing unit. All of his prior offenses were non-violent -- primarily drug-related -- infractions. See his letter pleading for treatment below.
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