The Reality of Solitary Confinement in the US


Solitary confinement; lockdownThe following infographic compares life in solitary confinement in US prisons (using Pelican Bay as a reference) to solitary in an Iranian prison., examining factors that  impact a prisoner’s quality of life, including phone call privileges, ease of communication with neighboring cells, privacy and mattress quality.

According to the infographic, an alarming 39% of suicides at Pelican Bay State Prison take place in SHU.

Amnesty International confirms a similar statistic in its 2012 reportThe Edge of Endurance: Prison Conditions in California’s Security Housing Units, which covers typical Security Housing Unit (SHU) conditions, criteria for SHU assignments, mental health treatment and long-term effects on prisoners who have been subject to isolation.

The report states that “[i]n California, over a five year period from 2006 to 2010, the number of prison suicides averaged 34 a year (higher than the national average), with 42% occurring in administrative segregation or SHU units.”

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