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Solitary Confinement: Lived Experiences and Ethical Implications

David Polizzi


Solitary confinement has been used in correctional practice since the very inception of the penitentiary system in the United States. However, by the late 1840’s, it usefulness as a rehabilitative strategy was placed into question. By the late 1880’s, it’s utility as a mode of rationalized retribution quickly became the sole function of this type of correctional strategy. By the 1980’s, a number of states in the U.S began to build supermax penitentiaries. Within the current context, isolated confinement has become a regular correctional strategy of every state correctional system in the U.S., ... More

Keywords: solitary confinement, state of exception, embodied subjectivity, Supreme Court, supermax penitentiaries

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781447337539
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447337539.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Polizzi, author
Indiana State University