Recently had an interview about the effects of solitary confinement on Evan Ebel, who killed DOC director Tom Clements. The Channel 9 reporter, Jace Larson, seemed very caring — and thorough — tracking down Ebel’s experiences as a teen in a camp for troubled kids. Even then solitary was a part of Ebel’s life. We can trace the events leading to Ebel’s horrible acts and his tragic life back to the effects of solitary confinement — which IS torture.
Not the cause, but one of the precipitating factors.
And remember, most of our juvenile lifers have spent years in solitary. When Tom Clements was alive, he agreed solitary had been overused and that we must make allowance and adjustments on the time served by our young juveniles. He knew.
And now Mr. Clements is gone — and with him much of our hope to move toward a more enlightened system.