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Reducing Solitary Confinement, One Cell At A Time
More than 30 states have moved to reduce their use of solitary confinement as prison hunger strikes, lawsuits and activism have brought new scrutiny to the mental health effects of isolation, and the risks that freed prisoners might pose following long-term exposure to solitary.
April 18, 2017
Does Solitary Confinement Make Inmates More Likely To Reoffend?
Supporters of solitary confinement have speculated that the harsh conditions of isolation may deter inmates from committing more crimes in the future. Data from correctional facilities in a handful of states reveal a different story.
April 18, 2017
After Solitary
Explore "After Solitary," a new virtual reality tour of life inside of a solitary confinement cell.
April 18, 2017
WATCH: How the U.S. Became the World Leader in Solitary Confinement
Solitary wasn't initially intended as a punishment. Go inside the 200-year history of solitary confinement in the U.S. in this excerpt from "Last Days of Solitary."
April 17, 2017
What Jeff Sessions' Police Review Means for Federal Reform
The attorney general's review takes a step toward abandoning the only tool that exists to compel troubled departments to reform.
April 4, 2017
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Last Days of Solitary
Filmed over three years, a two-hour investigation of the long-term effects of solitary confinement and efforts to reduce its use.
April 18, 2017
"Norfolk Four" Pardoned 20 Years After False Confessions
The pardon of four Navy veterans known as the "Norfolk Four" brings to a close a 20-year legal battle that brought national attention to the issue of false confessions.
March 22, 2017
With Program in Peril, DOJ Evaluates Police Reform
The Obama Justice Department aggressively pursued reform agreements with police departments. What will come next?
January 4, 2017
A Sneak Peek at "Abacus: Small Enough to Jail"
Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Steve James' new documentary premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend. A FRONTLINE version will air on PBS in 2017.
September 9, 2016
How Baltimore’s Police Policy Led to Freddie Gray
Baltimore police routinely target blacks for improper stops, searches and excessive force, the Justice Department said, and must undergo reforms.
August 10, 2016
Is Civilian Oversight the Answer to Distrust of Police?
Civilian oversight boards have been offered as one way to rebuild trust between police and the communities they serve. But do they work?
July 13, 2016
Ras Baraka: "We Need Police ... We Just Don't Want Them To Shoot Us"
The community wants police to aggressively respond to crime, Newark's mayor told FRONTLINE. “We need police in our neighborhood,” he said. “We just don’t want them to shoot us in the back while we’re running away in a traffic stop, or choke people for selling cigarettes.”
June 28, 2016