Evidence suggests isolating inmates inflicts permanent mental harm. So why does the U.S. have roughly 100,000 prisoners housed in solitary confinement, spending 23 to 24 hours per day alone in an 8-foot-by-10-foot cell? Joining 1A guest host Indira Lakshmanan to discuss solitary confinement is Dan Edge, director of the documentary "Last Days of Solitary", Brian Nelson, prisoners' rights coordinator at Uptown People's Law Center and Andrew Cohen, senior editor at the Marshall Project.
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