What is solitary confinement, and what has been constitutional law's relationship to the practices of holding prisoners in isolation? One answer comes from Wilkinson v. Austin, a 2005 U.S. Supreme Court case discussing Ohio's super-maximum security ("supermax") prison, which opened in 1998 to hold more than five hundred people.
Writing for the unanimous Court in Wilkinson, Justice Kennedy detailed a painful litany of conditions.
Date of Authorship for this Version
Resnik, Judith; Baumgartel, Sarah; and Kalb, Johanna, "Time-In-Cell: Isolation and Incarceration" (2016). Faculty Scholarship Series. 5279.