Ask Shane Bauer Anything: Inflexible Isolation

By Chas Danner

In our next video from Shane, who spent four months in solitary confinement while imprisoned in Iran, he shares what most shocked him when he subsequently investigated solitary here in America:

Bauer goes on to explain how reforming the way American prisons use solitary confinement starts with treating it as a temporary, rather than permanent, solution:

Shane and his fellow former hostages, Sarah Shourd (now his wife) and Josh Fattal, have co-written the memoir, A Sliver of Light, about their experience as Iranian political prisoners. You can read some excerpts from the book here. The Dish’s ongoing coverage of the horrors of solitary confinement is here. Shane’s previous videos in the series are here.