2022 / Editorial / Photo Essay (Non-Pro)

Life After Isolation

  • Photographer
    Isabel Bonnet

Holding people in their cells, alone, for more than 15 days is considered torture by the United Nations. But every other day, about nine percent of New York State’s incarcerated people are still in solitary confinement. They can spend months or even years deprived of any social interaction. This can lead to panic attacks, anxiety, depression, psychosis, social withdrawal, outbursts of violence and suicide, even years after release. With this project, I explore the long-term effects of solitary confinement through the lens of those impacted by this practice.