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Buried Alive: Solitary Confinement In U.S. Prisons (VIDEO)

The American Friends Service Network shared this playlist from their recent online discussion on solitary confinement. Here’s how they described the event:

At any given time, there are more than 80,000 people in solitary confinement in prisons across the United States—locked up in closed cells for at least 23 hours every day and deprived of human contact for months, years, even decades.

The destructive psychological effects of long-term isolation are well documented, and the U.N. Committee Against Torture has condemned the use of solitary in U.S. prisons, stating that it can amount to torture. AFSC has been working to end this shameful practice for over 20 years.

On Sept. 16, AFSC staffers Laura Magnani, Lewis Webb, and Peter Martel joined Media Relations Director Alexis Moore for “Buried Alive,” a live online conversation about solitary confinement in U.S. prisons.

The AFSC also shared a second playlist of videos about solitary confinement.

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Kit OConnell

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Kit O’Connell is a gonzo journalist and radical troublemaker from Austin, Texas. He is the Associate Editor and Community Manager of Shadowproof. Kit's investigative journalism has appeared in Truthout, MintPress News and Occupy.com.