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Former IDOC inmate Anthony Gay talks solitary confinement at NPEP Transforming Criminal Justice roundtable

Daily Northwestern
October 13, 2020

Anthony Gay, a former inmate in the Illinois Department of Corrections, recounted the isolation he felt during his 22 years in solitary confinement during Northwestern Prison Education Program’s roundtable Tuesday.

The discussion on solitary confinement featured attorney Maggie Filler and Daniel Greenfield, a Supreme Court and Appellate Counsel, both with the Roderick & Solange MacArthur Justice Center.

According to the Association of State Correctional Administrators and Yale Law School, an estimated 80,000 people are currently held in solitary confinement in U.S. prisons, not including those in county jails, juvenile facilities or immigration and military detention centers.

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