Recently a federal lawsuit was brought against the Florida Department of Corrections over its excessive reliance on solitary confinement despite an abundance of information about its damaging effects. Some critics warn that solitary confinement might be increasingly used as a management tool by understaffed correctional officers in many overcrowded state prisons. It has been documented that some inmates spend years and sometimes decades in solitary confinement, with breaks of only one or two hours each day.
Studies show that this has crippling effects on a person’s mental health and increases the chance of recidivism if that inmate is lucky enough to make it out of prison. Many are not so fortunate.The Florida Times-Union Guest Column