This article argues that solitary confinement is essentially torture. You may not agree with it, but it is something that every citizen should know about. I find it disturbing that the prison officials themselves, one ones in charge of the prisoners who have the knowledge and should be making the decisions, are being interfered with:
"Commissioners are not powerless. They could eliminate prolonged isolation with the stroke of a pen. So, I asked, why haven't they? He told me what happened when he tried to move just one prisoner out of isolation. Legislators called for him to be fired and threatened to withhold basic funding. Corrections officers called members of the crime victim's family and told them that he'd gone soft on crime. Hostile stories appeared in the tabloids. It is pointless for commissioners to act unilaterally, he said, without a change in public opinion."