Rick Raemisch ’88, Colorado prisons chief, on his voluntary stay in solitary confinement:
“ I would spend a total of twenty hours in that cell. Which, compared with the typical stay, is practically a blink. On average, inmates who are sent to solitary in Colorado spend an average of twenty-three months there. Some spend twenty years.
Eventually, I broke a promise to myself and asked an officer what time it was. 11:10 a.m. I felt as if I’d been there for days. I sat with my mind. How long would it take before Administrative Segregation chipped that away? I don’t know, but I’m confident that it would be a battle I would lose.”
— New York Times