Thomas Silverstein, who has been described as America’s “most isolated man,” has been held in an extreme form of solitary confinement under a “no human contact” order for 28 years.
Originally imprisoned for armed robbery at the age of 19, Silverstein is serving life without parole for killing two fellow inmates (whom he says were threatening his life) and a prison guard, and has been buried in the depths of the federal prison system since 1983.
It is hard to describe the horror I experienced during this construction process.
I was not only isolated, but also disoriented in the side pocket.
This was exacerbated by the fact that I wasn’t allowed to have a wristwatch or clock.
In addition, the bright, artificial lights remained on in the cell constantly, increasing my disorientation and making it difficult to sleep.
Not only were they constantly illuminated, but those lights buzzed incessantly.