Friday, June 7, 2013

Linguistic Isolation in Prison

Alone in a Crowd: The Problem of Linguistic Isolation in Prison : The New Yorker: " . . . . Honigsberg argues in his paper, “Alone in a Sea of Voices: Recognizing a New Form of Isolation by Language Barriers, or Linguistic Isolation,” the psychological effects of solitary confinement through linguistic isolation are largely the same as those via lock and key: impaired impulse control, an inability to concentrate or think clearly, confusion, obsessive behaviors, paranoia, and even a state resembling catatonia. A growing body of evidence suggests that a few weeks of solitary confinement for a prisoner amounts to torture. “Isolation by language barriers,” Honigsberg writes, “should be recognized as a distinct human rights abuse.” Honigsberg is the founder and director of Witness to Guantánamo, an ongoing project to record and archive interviews with former detainees. . . ." (read more at link above)

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