Solitary confinement torture by the numbers:

81,622: Number of prisoners in solitary confinement across the United States in 2005, the last year for which the federal government released data


11,730: Number of inmates held in isolation in California prisons today


7: Percentage of California inmates who are in isolation


39: Percentage of inmate suicides that happen in isolation units


78: Percentage of Security Housing Unit (SHU) inmates not classified as gang “leaders” or “members”


$12,317: Extra annual cost to taxpayers for each prisoner in the Pelican Bay SHU


11’7” x 7’7”: Dimensions of a SHU cell at Pelican Bay


6’ x 8’: Dimensions of the average American home’s walk-in closet


51: Percentage of Pelican Bay SHU inmates who have spent at least five years in isolation


89: Number who have been in solitary for at least 20 years


1: Number who have been there for 42 years

Solitary confinement torture by the numbers:

  • 81,622: Number of prisoners in solitary confinement across the United States in 2005, the last year for which the federal government released data

  • 11,730: Number of inmates held in isolation in California prisons today

  • 7: Percentage of California inmates who are in isolation

  • 39: Percentage of inmate suicides that happen in isolation units

  • 78: Percentage of Security Housing Unit (SHU) inmates not classified as gang “leaders” or “members”

  • $12,317: Extra annual cost to taxpayers for each prisoner in the Pelican Bay SHU

  • 11’7” x 7’7”: Dimensions of a SHU cell at Pelican Bay

  • 6’ x 8’: Dimensions of the average American home’s walk-in closet

  • 51: Percentage of Pelican Bay SHU inmates who have spent at least five years in isolation

  • 89: Number who have been in solitary for at least 20 years

  • 1: Number who have been there for 42 years

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