Podcast: How to Fix America’s Solitary Problem


Podcast: How to Fix America’s Solitary Problem

bySarah Childress and Michelle Mizner

Critics say it’s expensive, ineffective and even dangerous, but the U.S. puts more people in prolonged isolation than most other countries in the world. Now, some officials at the state and federal level are beginning to review the practice.

FRONTLINE brought together some of these officials for a conversation about the use of solitary confinement in the state and federal prison system today. We wanted to understand what’s happening on the ground, what works, what doesn’t, and what the future looks like for America’s prisons.

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Jim Austin

Jim Austin
President, JFA institute. Austin has advised several states on reforming their use of isolation, and consulted with FRONTLINE on the making of Solitary Nation.

Bob Hood

Bob Hood
Former warden, supermax federal prison in Florence, Colorado. Hood is currently…

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