Closer Look Solitary Confinement

Illinois seeks to limit use of solitary confinement

In this April 21, 2016 photo, Brian Nelson, a prisoners' rights coordinator for the Uptown People's Law Center, poses for a photo at the UPLC office in Chicago. Nelson served 26 years in prison for armed robbery and murder, many of which were in solitary. Illinois lawmakers are pushing state prisons to restrict their use of solitary confinement, joining a national movement that has policymakers rethinking a decades-old punishment that critics say has deep psychological impacts. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Brian Nelson’s years in solitary confinement left him terrified of other people, and he says he can still taste the concrete dust from his cell, even though he’s been free since 2010.

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