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Survivors of Solitary Confinement


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President Obama recently declared that “we have banned torture without exception.” However, some would take exception to this claim. The practice of isolating a person in solitary confinement for extended periods of time causes severe sensory deprivation and has been denounced as torture by the United Nations. But tens of thousands are locked up in solitary confinement in American prisons. Producer Claire Schoen met nine formerly incarcerated people, who described what it’s like not to talk to or touch another person, for years at a time


Hakeem Shaheed, Laura Whitehorn, Robert Dellalo, Bilal Sunni Ali, Munirah El Bumani, Ray Luc Levasseur, Tommy Escarciga, Diano King ArchAngel Rodriguez, and Robert King Wilkerson, solitary confinement survivors; Teresa Vaughn, mother of son who died in solitary confinement.

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Claire Schoen


Scott Koué

Additional Information:

All of Us or None

American Friends Service Committee (National Office)

Critical Resistance – National Office

Human Rights Watch

Justice Now

Justice Policy Institute

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children

The Sentencing Project

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