The idea behind the prison’s solitary confinement areas was to use sensory deprivation to reform inmates. The thought was that the isolation and quiet would free the innately good soul.

… [A]fter Mississippi had done away with solitary confinement, prison violence went down by 50 percent and the cost of incarceration went down as well.

“It was a wake-up call to all of us to take a hard look at it,” he says. “Maybe this just isn’t the best way to deal with these problems.”
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