- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: A&E Home Video
- DVD Release Date: August 2, 2000
The first-ever comprehensive investigation of the subject reveals what life is like for the 10% of inmates who serve their sentences in isolation.
Today's penal system is in flux, as new theories of confinement, new technologies and a rising tide of convicts combine to change the way America handles prisoners. Perhaps nowhere is this ore obvious than with the state-of-the-art Supermax prisons, which offer exceptional security at an extraordinary cost--at least $50,000 per year per cell.
And inside the walls of these fortresses of punishment, a growing number of inmates spend 23 hours a day, seven days a week locked alone inside cells that measure a mere 80 square feet. For the first time, INVESTIGATIVE REPORTSTM examines the use of SOLITARY CONFINEMENT in Supermax prisons. Visiting two such facilities, the Arizona State Prison and the Pelican Bay State Prison, we talk to inmates, guards and wardens for an unflinching look at what life is like on the inside. The question that emerges is clear--is confinement in these circumstances cruel and unusual punishment? Even with the help of psychologists, prison instructors, activists and mental health experts, the answer is elusive.
Ten percent of the U.S. prison population serves their time in isolation. Find out why, and whether there might be a better way.