Last Days of Solitary

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Last Days of Solitary
SBS  |  May 24, 2020

The US is the world leader in solitary confinement, with more than 80,000 American prisoners being held in isolation. In recent years, more than 30 states have begun to experiment with reforms aimed at reducing the use of solitary. Filmed over three years, this searing documentary offers the most comprehensive exploration of this controversial practice, with immersive, unprecedented access to the solitary unit at Maine State Prison. It portrays the psychological integration of human beings, and the challenge of how to deal with men considered the most dangerous and difficult in the state.

The US is the world leader in solitary confinement, with more than 80,000 American prisoners being held in isolation. In recent years, more than 30 states have begun to experiment with reforms aimed at reducing the use of solitary. Filmed over three years, this searing documentary offers the most comprehensive exploration of this controversial practice, with immersive, unprecedented access to the solitary unit at Maine State Prison. It portrays the psychological integration of human beings, and the challenge of how to deal with men considered the most dangerous and difficult in the state.

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