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Solitary confinement ravages the mind, but use widespread

Published on Feb 15, 2014 1:49 PM

CHICAGO (AFP) - Robert King sat, slept and ate every meal alone in a cramped cell at Louisiana's notorious Angola prison for 29 long and lonely years.

His eyesight failed from lack of stimulation, but Mr King insists his resolve to fight the injustice of solitary confinement never did.

The Black Panther movement member said he managed to stay sane through the strength of his political convictions.

Many of the more than 80,000 prisoners currently held in solitary confinement in US prisons - and countless more around the world - are not as fortunate.

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