Sally Mauk talks with prison expert Eldon Vail about the consequences of solitary confinement…

The American Civil Liberties Union estimates 80-thousand prisoners in this country are kept in solitary confinement. The organization thinks that’s too many, and they’re sponsoring an educational program about it tonight at the University of Montana law school. The former head of the corrections department for the state of Washington, Eldon Vail, is a featured speaker.
In this feature interview, Vail talks with News Director Sally Mauk about why he also thinks solitary confinement is overused, and should be reformed. First, he describes what it means to be held in solitary confinement…

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  1. Thanks for posting this. I spent 10 years in California prisons with 4 years in solitary and turned it into 8 books. I just got to speak to 100 students at U.C. Irvine about the injustice of solitary confinement as it intersects with the 8th Amendment. The main problem with solitary is that the door in is wide and the door out is narrow.

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