There may be as many as 80,000 American prisoners currently locked-up in a SHU, or segregated housing unit. Solitary confinement in a SHU can cause irreversible psychological effects in as little as 15 days. Here's what social isolation does to your brain, and why it should be considered torture.
To virtually no one's surprise, scientists are increasingly finding that solitary confinement induces a host of psychological and physiological problems in prisoners. The time has come, say a growing number of concerned citizens, to call it for what it really is: Torture.
Lil Wayne's only got a month left on his eight-month stint at Riker's, but he's going to be spending it all by his lonesome. The guards who found the rapper's contraband iPod, charger, and headphones have banished him to solitary.