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Solitary is the unforgettable life story of a man who served more than four decades in solitary confinement—in a 6-foot by 9-foot cell, 23 hours a day, in notorious Angola prison in Louisiana—all for a crime he did not commit. That Albert Woodfox survived was, in itself, a feat of extraordinary endurance against the violence and deprivation he faced daily. That he was able to emerge whole from his odyssey within America’s prison and judicial systems is a triumph of the human spirit, and makes his book a clarion call to reform the inhumanity of solitary confinement in the U.S. and around the world.


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Recently, the Governor's Health Equity Task Force Prison Subcommittee issued a report recommending an end to the practice of using solitary confinement to address health challenges, including COVID-19 in Louisiana jails and prisons, citing a broader public health threat that results from using punitive isolation as a response to illness.


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