Annals of Human Rights: Hellhole: Reporting & Essays: The New Yorker Dr. Atul Gawande is a Boston physician who has authored some great essay collections. For example, Better is a series of essays on how to improve individual and group performance, and I highly recommend it. Some interesting facts: 1) we have 25% of the world's prisoners but on ly 5% of its population. 2) the prison population has quadrupled in the last 30 years. 3) supermax solitary confinement can involve 23 hours a day of artificial light. 4) solitary confinement has never been show to reduce violent behavior 5) In other countries, more social approaches that involve betterment programs actually have shown improvement. Why are we treating our own citizens like Guantanomo detainees?