Why You Wouldn’t Survive Solitary Confinement in Prison

With the world practising social distancing and quarantining, your thoughts might be turning to similar situations. One such situation that you might imagine up for yourself is solitary confinement in prison. The situations are similar to quarantining—you’re isolated from others. OK, maybe it’s not that similar. Outside of that one shared characteristic, solitary confinement would be a different ball of wax. Still, you might be wondering how you would fare in solitary. The Infographic Show has a video explaining why you wouldn’t survive solitary confinement in prison.

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Solitary Confinement

The first challenge that you would face in solitary is the overwhelming emotions that you would be experiencing—anger at being forced into solitary, sadness at being in prison, and a bit of fear. All those emotions will be amplified in the tiny confines of your cell. Soon, boredom will set in, as will vulnerability as you realize that everything is out of your control. Add on top of that, the food would be terrible, and not being able to eat with others will leave you feeling even more isolated. No yard time leaves you feeling even more alone—and you’re only one day in.

You do get some yard time, but you’re completely alone even then. Plus, you get to shower only once every three days, so you’ll soon be dealing with your own stink. You have no privileges, so you have no entertainment, not even books. As it progresses, you’ll start replacing your real memories with fantasies, building relationships with imaginary people. By day 80, you might start getting some privileges. But things don’t seem real anymore—the only “real” thing is the cell. You stop going out to the yard, you don’t talk to the guards, and you start to expect that you might be losing your mind. A decade into solitary, and you end up in the psych ward. After a few months, you’re told that you will be going back to general population, but you don’t want to face the crowd, so you start isolating yourself. You’ve lost yourself completely, so much so that even when you get released from prison, you won’t be able to assimilate back into society.

What are the chances that you would survive solitary? Not good. Maybe social distancing isn’t such a bad thing after all.

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