Without being able to keep track of time, though, sometimes I thought the officers had left me and were never coming back.
I thought they were gone for days, and I was going to starve.
My bed took up the length of the cell, and there was no other furniture at all…The walls were solid steel and painted all white.
He serves as a state advocacy volunteer with AARP West Virginia, and is a past member of AARP West Virginia State Executive Council.
It is hard to describe the horror I experienced during this construction process.
As they built new walls around me it felt like I was being buried alive. During my first year in the side pocket cell I was completely isolated from the outside world and had no way to occupy my time.
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.
In his current lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Silverstein contends that his decades of utter isolation in a small concrete cell violate the Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment, as well as its guarantee of due process.