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Kulture Kritic reported on the psychological impact of solitary confinement on prisoners when the U.S. Senate held its first ever hearing on the topic. During the hearing, Anthony Graves, a former Texas prisoner who was fully exonerated of a murder conviction after spending 18 years in jail, testified that he’d seen men go insane and commit suicide due to solitary confinement. He also testified that he’d seen a man eat his own eye.
Now The Atlantic’s Andrew Cohen, who has been reporting on a lawsuit challenging solitary confinement, has learned that the Justice Department’s Bureau of Prisons Chief, Charles Samuels, sent inmates a letter encouraging them not to commit suicide. The memo reads: