Sarah Childress

Former Series Senior Editor

How Much Time U.S. Prisoners Spend in Solitary
The U.N. says anything longer than 15 days is abusive. Most stays start at 30 days, but one Louisiana man has spent 42 years so far.
April 22, 2014
Podcast: How to Fix America’s Solitary Problem
Three corrections experts on what needs to be done, and why it’s so hard to change.
April 22, 2014
"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
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
Feds to Reconsider Harsh Prison Terms for Drug Offenders
The federal prison population has grown by nearly 800 percent in the past 30 years, spurred in part by the increasing use of tougher sentences applied to nonviolent drug crimes. Now there's a growing movement to scale it back.
April 9, 2014
UN Report: Climate Change Will Deepen Poverty, Hunger
A new report details the impact of climate change on human survival.
March 31, 2014
Florida Bill Would Combat Superbug Threat
A bill to track drug-resistant infections has been introduced in Florida, inspired in part by FRONTLINE's "Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria."
March 28, 2014
Map: TB's Global Reach
As TB cases declined in the Western world in recent decades, so did the funding to deal with the disease. But TB, an airborne bug that spreads best when the infected are left untreated in crowded areas, continued to flourish in poorer nations.
March 25, 2014
The Slow-Motion Search for a New TB Treatment
As TB becomes more resistant, the drugs used to treat the disease are still stuck in the 20th century.
March 25, 2014