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(by Jean Casella (Editor), James Ridgeway (Editor), Sarah Shourd (Editor))

AMSTERDAM-NOIR-Dear Readers and Supporters: This week marks the official publication date of Hell Is a Very Small Place: Voices from Solitary Confinement. Edited by Jean Casella, James Ridgeway, and Sarah Shourd, Hell Is a Very Small Place is the first-ever trade book on solitary confinement, and the only book to feature firsthand accounts of life in solitary. It is now available in bookstores and online (see links below).Our publisher, The New Press, had this to say about the book in a press release:President Barack Obama, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, and Pope Francis have all criticized the widespread use of solitary confinement in prisons and jails. UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez has denounced the use of solitary beyond fifteen days as a form of cruel and degrading treatment that often rises to the level of torture. Yet the United States holds more than eighty thousand people in isolation on any given day.

Now, sixteen authors vividly describe the realities of life in solitary.In a book that will add a startling new dimension to the debates around human rights and prison reform, formerly and currently incarcerated men and women describe the devastating effects of solitary confinement on their minds and bodies, the solidarity expressed between individuals who live side by side for years without ever meeting one another face to face, the ever-present specters of madness and suicide, and the struggle to maintain hope and humanity.

Read More: http://solitarywatch.com/2016/02/04/now-available-our-new-book-the-first-collection-of-voices-from-solitary-confinement/