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"Lock It Down": How Solitary Started in the U.S.
How one warden helped create the modern-day isolation used in federal prisons,
April 22, 2014
Joseph Ponte: In Maine, "We Rewrote the Segregation Policy"
Former corrections commissioner Joseph Ponte on reforming the solitary policy in Maine — and why it's a work in progress.
April 22, 2014
Craig Haney: Solitary Confinement is a "Tried-and-True" Torture Device
What does solitary do to you? Psychiatrist Craig Haney discusses the impact of prolonged isolation on prison inmates.
April 22, 2014
A “Noble Experiment”: How Solitary Came to America
In the late 18th century, the Quakers were looking for a way to rehabilitate criminals instead of resorting to the violence of the whip or the gallows. In 1787, they began to impose sentences of solitary confinement in an experiment at the Walnut Street Jail in Philadelphia.
April 22, 2014
What Happens in Solitary When Guards Aren’t Looking
Inmates aren't supposed to be able to pass contraband to one another in solitary confinement. But they've found a way.
April 22, 2014
The Disturbing Sounds of Solitary Confinement
Friday night at the Maine state prison's segregation unit is anything but quiet.
April 21, 2014
Trapped in the Hole: America's Solitary Problem
New scrutiny of the use of solitary confinement in state and federal prisons found abusive practices and no evidence that it even works.
June 14, 2013
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