Featured on the February 24th, 2017 edition of ARIZONA SPOTLIGHT with host Mark McLemore:
- In December of 2016, journalist & documentary filmmaker James Burns voluntarily chose to put himself in solitary confinement for one month in the La Paz County Jail in Parker, Arizona.
If you add that time to the eleven months that Burns involuntarily spent in solitary when he was a teenage convict, and that makes one year of his life spent without freedom, meaningful human contact, music, books -- or sunlight.
Burns, who works for VICE media, says he did it for a number of reasons, including raising awareness on behalf of the estimated 70,000 men and women who are held in solitary confinement everyday in the United States.
Four days after his release, Burns had an in-depth conversation with Mark McLemore about the experience.
Peter Michaels interviews Captain Curt Bagby of the La Paz County Sheriff's Office about their approach to using solitary confinement, and why Bagby feels a conversation about isolation is important...
And, AZPM's mental health reporter Gisela Telis interviews psychiatrist Ole Thienhaus MD, chair of the Psychiatry Department at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, who has first-hand experience treating the lasting effects of long-term isolation on brain growth and development...:
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