Rising amid COVID, solitary confinement inflicts lasting harm to prisoner health

Pamela Winn, a registered nurse by training, was pregnant when incarcerated in 2008. After a miscarriage, she was put into solitary confinement for what she was told was medical observation. That eight months in solitary scarred her for life, she says.

An estimated 300,000 people were held in solitary confinement in the U.S. at the height of the pandemic. Advocates are pushing to limit the practice, citing lasting harm to prisoners’ health.

(Image credit: Katja Ridderbusch/KHN)

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