According to a Government Accountability report from May 2013, the population of solitary confinement increased faster than the general prison population between 2008 and 2013. But since the first hearing on this issue in 2012, the bureau has reportedly decreased the segregated housing population by 25 percent. About 6.5% of the 215,000 federal prison inmates are in some form of restrictive housing.
Solitary confinement is used to segregate potentially dangerous inmates, troublesome inmates or simply as punishment.
Is solitary confinement torture?
Is it somehow retributory or reformative?
Should it be allowed as is, banned or become more restrictive as to who and when gets thrown in the 'hotbox'?