There are many ways to destroy a person but one of the simplest and most devastating is through prolonged solitary confinement deprived of meaningful human interaction otherwise healthy prisoners become unhinged they see things that do not exist and they fail to see things that do their sense . Solitary confinement is beyond a form of racial or political violence it is an assault on being a searing and unforgettable indictment solitary confinement reveals what the devastation wrought by the torture of solitary confinement tells us about what it means to be human and why humanity is so often destroyed when we separate prisoners . Solitary confinement social death and its afterlives author lisa guenther edition reprint publisher university of minnesota press 2013 isbn 0816679592 9780816679591 length 321 pages. Lisa guenther solitary confinement social death and its afterlives 2013 xxi lisa guenthers solitary confinement aptly subtitled social death and its afterlives does an exceptional job of exploring the detrimental physical and mental health aspects of solitary confinement while she mainly set out to catalog the. Many prisoners in prolonged solitary confinement describe their experience as a form of living death they experience perceptual affective epistemic and even ontological alterations that undermine their capacity to make sense of the world
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