Rick Raemish spent 20 hours in solitary confinement – exhausted, unable to sleep and bored out of his mind – because he wanted to.
The head of Colorado corrections spent much of his career opposing the practice of keeping inmates locked up in cells alone for weeks, months or years at a time.
“We knew that, internally, there would at least in some places be some pushback and some tension. And I thought, ‘If I’m going to do this, I’d better walk the talk a bit.’”
He floated the idea with his deputy. Dead silence over the phone, “to the point where I asked if she was still there.”
But two nights later, he was led shackled to a tiny cell, locked up and left.
What struck him was not the silence but the noise – the banging and clanging and shouting just loud enough that he couldn’t sleep but not…
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