by Robert X. Holbrook
The purpose of isolation and sensory deprivation is to disrupt one’s balance, inner equilibrium, to dehumanize, to strip away the prisoner’s unique individuality. -Dr. Mutulu Shakur
A prisoner’s whole existence, especially one in a control unit, is defined by numbers, statistics, and information transferred through an endless process of paperwork. When I go to the Program Review Committee here in the Special Management Unit (a control unit) at SCI Greene, my release to general population is repeatedly denied, they claim, because of a history of assaultive behavior. It is useless to defend myself against their rationale, yet I do to probe the predictable response of my captors.