Letters From The Hole: Solitary Confinement “Has Damaged Me Beyond Repair”


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

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: Daniel has a long history of hurting himself, which is a violation of prison rules in New York. As a result, Daniel has spent “more than two decades cycling in and out of extreme isolation.” His latest self-mutilation landed him in solitary confinement for four months. He says his life in isolation “has damaged me beyond repair.”

See Daniel’s letter below. 

Daniel Redacted