Al Jazeera English’s media show, “The Listening Post,” has a feature on the challenges that journalists and advocates have faced exposing solitary confinement in U.S. prisons and jails—a hidden world that is home to some 100,000 people, but has been kept resolutely off-limits to the public and the press.

The piece features Solitary Watch’s James Ridgeway discussing the hundreds of letters he receive each month from people in solitary, which provide sources for our reporting as well as the only form of human contact available to many individuals living in isolation. Advocates David Fathi of the ACLU National Prison Project and Johnny Perez of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (himself a survivor of solitary) discuss the importance of exposing—and ending—the senseless suffering caused by prolonged solitary confinement.

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