Ask Shane Bauer Anything: Life After Solitary Confinement

By Chas Danner

Shane Bauer is an investigative journalist and photographer who was one of the three American hikers imprisoned in Iran after being captured on the Iraqi border in 2009. He spent 26 months in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison, four of them in solitary confinement. Following his release, he wrote a special report for Mother Jones about solitary in America’s prison system. (The Dish’s ongoing coverage of the subject is here.) Shane and his fellow former hostages, Sarah Shourd (now his wife) and Josh Fattal, have co-written the memoir, A Sliver of Light, which comes out tomorrow. You can read an excerpt here.

In our first video from Shane, he explains how hard it was to readjust to a life of freedom after being an Iranian hostage for two years:

Following up that answer, Shane admits that while he’ll never be glad he went through the experience of being imprisoned, he’s still grateful for the perspective it’s given him: