A Misinformation Test for Social Media

In the 1990s, Dennis Wayne Hope committed a series of armed robberies. After proving adept at escaping prison, he was put in isolation. He has been there for nearly three decades.

His case, if the Supreme Court agrees to hear it, could answer the fundamental question of how long people can be held in solitary confinement.


Adam Liptak, a reporter covering the Supreme Court for The New York Times.

The Allan B. Polunsky Unit, a maximum-security prison in Livingston, Texas. The state has 500 people who have served in solitary confinement for more than 10 years and 138 who’ve served for more than 20 years.
Matthew Busch for The New York Times

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