“Imagine being so desperate for outside contact that you interpret a sound in the wind as a whisper or take to caring for a spider by feeding it other bugs.

In a short documentary by filmmaker Cali Bondad and reporter Gabrielle Canon, that’s how prison inmates described their experience in solitary confinement in Pelican Bay Prison in Northern California. While in solitary, these inmates were completely removed from outside contact — thrown in a tiny cell for 22.5 hours a day, with just one hour in a small concrete yard alone to change up the scenery. And some of these inmates faced these conditions for years or decades, sometimes for flimsy accusations like tattoos supposedly proving membership in a gang.”

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