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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
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
Solitary Nation
With unprecedented access, FRONTLINE shows you what it's really like for prisoners who are serving time in solitary confinement.
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
Shake-Up Inside Forensic Credentialing Organization
ACFEI, which FRONTLINE reported on in "The Real CSI," has quietly put its accounting division up for sale, prompting the mass resignation of an advisory board.
April 11, 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
Obama Commutes Sentences of Nonviolent Drug Offenders
Among them was Clarence Aaron, featured in FRONTLINE's 1999 film "Snitch."
December 19, 2013
Former NOPD Officer Acquitted in Post-Katrina Police Shooting
It's the latest in a series of setbacks for federal prosecutors in New Orleans.
December 12, 2013