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In 2014, 13 years after being set free, King told CNN that he still suffers from confusion, saying that he often gets "confused as to where I am, where I should be." He also said he started experiencing problems with his vision soon after entering solitary confinement. In addition, King told CNN that depression was a constant (though expected) symptom.

Another thing that happened: by shrinking the region of solid-packed cars, I made it easier for other cars to merge into the exit lane, so I probably removed part of the backup in the through-lane as well. By moving the jam backwards, I unplugged the merge zone at that exit. The jam was mostly caused by drivers trying to merge across lanes to reach the exit. Drivers already in the exit lane weren't letting anyone in, so the merging cars sat unmoving in one of the thru-lanes, waiting for a space to open, and also forcing everyone behind them to halt. So, by inserting a large empty space, I wasn't only taking a bite out of the jam ahead of me. I was also easing the jam in other lanes. At best, moving the jam backwards would entirely remove the bottleneck and halt the growing queue of stopped cars. With the jam broken up, the clot of cars behind the merge zone becomes a wave which freely moves backwards. The traffic jam was like downtown city "grid-lock," and I was breaking up the gridlock and promoting free flow by putting spaces between all the cars.

We abandoned that commitment in the mid-1970s, and we embraced and set a prison-for-punishment rationale. Among other things, what that meant is that prison systems had fewer and fewer incentives to offer prisoners. There were fewer programs; there were fewer ways of shaping prisoner behavior by offering them positive things to do.

I was not only isolated, but also disoriented in the side pocket. This was exacerbated by the fact that I wasn’t allowed to have a wristwatch or clock. In addition, the bright, artificial lights remained on in the cell constantly, increasing my disorientation and making it difficult to sleep. Not only were they constantly illuminated, but those lights buzzed incessantly. The buzzing noise was maddening, as there often were no other sounds at all. This may sound like a small thing, but it was my entire world.

As the experiment progressed, the participant would hear the learner plead to be released or even complain about a heart condition. Once they reached the 300-volt level, the learner would bang on the wall and demand to be released. Beyond this point, the learner became completely silent and refused to answer any more questions. The experimenter then instructed the participant to treat this silence as an incorrect response and deliver a further shock.

D-77391: I was aware of time… I didn't know how long…when it would stop. I tried to grasp…something. Tried to scream… If not for what that doc told me when he was putting me inside, I’m sure I would have lost my mind.

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