Letters From The Hole: Here’s A Poem From A Guy Who’s Been In Solitary Confinement For 25 Years


The New York Civil Liberties Union recently released a report outlining the “inhumane, arbitrary use of solitary confinement” in New York state prisons.

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: Billy has been in segregated housing for more than 25 years. According to the NYCLU, he’s not there because he’s broken any specific rules, but because the Department of Corrections considers him to be a threat — and he might break the rules.