Your discussion about studies of solitary confinement in Maryland reminded me of a situation my wife and I observed during our prison ministry ("Isolated confinement," March 31).

There was an inmate who had confided to authorities about certain illegal behaviors by prison personnel. The state, to protect him, had to put him in solitary confinement in another unit to avoid retribution by prison personnel.

This kind of situation probably doesn't happen often, but it does show a use of solitary confinement that people don't think about.

Charles Clough

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