Solitary Confinement: Is It Torture?

Part 3: Some critics claim when a prisoner is denied social interaction, it is "legalized torture."
3:00 | 09/20/12

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Prisoners in solitary confinement may have adequate food and water their cells may meet criteria for humane treatment but. Deprived of human contact utterly cut off from the world. That is enough for many human rights groups to consider it torture. We return that ABC's Dan Harris entering his final stretch in solitaire. 42 hours in solitary and my downstairs neighbor is acting up again. When guards come to get him for a court appearance he refuses to leave. The inmate appears to be yelling for a shot yeah. -- -- -- -- -- I do think it's. -- -- Being released. Finally after nearly 48 hours it's the moment I've been waiting for. Before I leave here for good the guards let me interview some of my fellow inmates about this experience we've now shared. I'm a man in this place is not. Same as when they could mean. It changes -- -- there are some people who think solitary confinement. It's one of torture. Straight up -- legalized torture it is so is the hardest thing I ever did it -- stars thing -- -- -- But for I don't know how much entity here is in the general public for people commit crime does know. You can make a case that it's good news for some people who keep getting in trouble it used to be -- in the face reality. If your -- I think he should be here other than our intensity of solace. It is perhaps not surprising that the criminals who are actually locked up in solitary would argue that it's torture. -- turn right here. But as I'm guided out of the jail and people usually a good mood at this point the president you know majority of people -- ecstatic. Even my stuff back. I think they've been. -- -- -- -- And that's myself -- OK and allowed to change in in my own clothes. So let's just put the closing level -- -- mixed in with the giddiness of liberty. About this way here are real questions about the cost of solitary confinement in this country financial psychological. And societal. Freedom won't start when we pass -- -- -- after all all of this is being done. In our name is on our dime store. For Nightline this -- Dan Harris. In --

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