The view from solitary

July 6, 2017

From the July-August 2017 issue of News & Letters

A lot of folks write about being in Solitary Confinement, which has many names: Detention Hall, The Hole, Disciplinary Segregation, The Can—even Death Row. But not many people at home know what Solitary looks like. So I’ve included a portrait to illustrate exactly what I see 24/7.

solitaryI’m stuck in a box that’s 12’x7’x9’ and everything is white. I’m lucky I get to ‘see’ sunlight everyday but I haven’t been in the sun/sunlight since Nov. 23, 2016. The only time I leave my cell it’s in handcuffs and that’s to shower three days a week. What I wouldn’t give for a nice hot bath right now. The only thing I have going for me at this point is enrollment in Ohio University distance learning program.

If anyone would like to write me with pointers or advice, please do so at:

Jonathan J. Rodriguez #17349747
777 Stanton Blvd.
Ontario, OR 97914.

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