Jeffreys to discuss new book, on solitary confinement, May 5 at Kavarna

Associate Prof. Derek Jeffreys, Humanistic Studies and religion, will discuss his new book, Spirituality in Dark Places: The Ethics of Solitary Confinement, from 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 5 at Kavarna Coffeehouse, 143. N. Broadway, Green Bay. The talk will begin with a brief presentation from Jeffreys, followed by audience questions and a broader discussion of issues raised. Released last month, Jeffreys’ book explores the spiritual consequences and ethics of modern solitary confinement, emphasizing how the practice damages spiritual lives and one’s relationship to time, and undermines creativity. Informed by experiences with inmates, chaplains and employees in the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, Jeffreys evaluates the ethics of solitary confinement, and also proposes changes in the practice to mitigate its damage to prisoners and human dignity more broadly. His book is available on Amazon and elsewhere. More information.