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Daniel Lopez, 23, waits in Polunsky Unit's visiting room for guards to escort him back to his cell on death row.by Alex Hannaford

Letters from Death Row: Alone on the Inside

In an informal Observer survey, death row inmates describe a world of extreme isolation, where mental illness is both cause and symptom.

The Observer found that prisoners often choose a life of permanent isolation, refusing to leave their cages. It’s a catch-22: Mental illness can lead inmates ...Read More

Solitary Men

Does prolonged isolation drive death row prisoners insane?

Imagine spending 23 hours a day in a cement enclosure the size of a bathroom. Now imagine sitting in that small room nearly all day, every day without respite, ...Read More

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