Cruel but Not Unusual

The Scandal of Solitary Confinement

Several years ago, I drove more than two hundred miles from Green Bay, Wisconsin, to the isolated town of Boscobel. Boscobel is hard to get to; its airport has little commercial traffic, and the nearest Greyhound station is more than thirty miles away. If Wisconsinites have heard of the place at all, it’s probably because Boscobel is home to the Wisconsin Secure Program Facility, a heavily fortified prison on the edge of town. I was there to visit one of the many inmates being held in...

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About the Author

Derek S. Jeffreys is professor of humanistic studies and religion at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay. He is author of Spirituality in Dark Places: The Ethics of Solitary Confinement (Palgrave Macmillan). He gives philosophy and religion lectures to inmates at the Green Bay Correctional Institution.

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