The Feb. 17 editorial noting the cruelty of solitary confinement, “Solitary confinement is torture,” made a persuasive argument for opposing the practice because of its inhumanity. That alone should be sufficient grounds for ending it in all states. That has not been the case, unfortunately.
The cruelty of solitary confinement is unacceptable, as is the cost to taxpayers for funding the cruelty. This year in Virginia, S.B. 108 can end the cruelty of isolating the incarcerated. The bill has passed in the Virginia Senate and is now pending in the House of Delegates.
Robert Stewart, Chantilly
The writer is coordinator of public affairs for Social Action Linking Together and a member of the Virginia Coalition on Solitary Confinement.