The technique was used by prisons in the Southern United States
until later in the 19th century.

The box, also known as a hot box or sweatbox, is a method of solitary confinement used in humid and arid regions as a method of punishment. Anyone placed in one would experience extreme heat, dehydration, heat exhaustion, even death, depending on when and how long one was kept in the box. Another variation of this punishment is known as sweating: the use of a heated room to punish or coerce a person into cooperating with the torturers.

In 2008, it was revealed that the U.S. military was detaining Iraqi prisoners in wooden crates, arousing concern of their use as hotboxes.

Hot box torture has been portrayed in numerous films and television shows, including Leadbelly, Life Is Beautiful, Cool Hand Luke, Stir Crazy, Take the Money and Run, Carbine Williams, The Longest Yard and its 2005 remake, Seven Days, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Von Ryan’s Express, Prison Break, The X-Files, Firefly, Sullivan’s Travels, My Name is Earl, The A-Team, Farscape, Burn Notice, Batman: The Animated Series, Bates Motel, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Django Unchained and Escape Plan. A parody of hot box torture was portrayed by a sandbox in Toy Story 3.

“Use of a “sweatbox” has also been reported as a method of punishment
in North Korean Concentration Camps, notably in Kang Chol-Hwan’s book
The Aquariums of Pyongyang.

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