Letters From The Hole: SHU Inmate Allowed Just Two Showers A Week. And That's Pretty Much It
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: Na'im is an inmate at New York's Southport Correctional Facility. His fourth trip to segregated housing was the result of an "unauthorized exchange," which essentially means he passed a note to another inmate without permission. Na'im opted to forgo recreation because he was afraid of what corrections officers would do to him while he was out of his cell. He was allowed just two showers a week, which were the only times he opted -- and was allowed -- to leave his cell. See his letter below.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you'll never miss Village Voice's biggest stories.