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Survivors

Tens of thousands of inmates in American prisons live in total isolation. They don't see anyone. They don't talk to anyone. They are completely alone, sometimes for years, in a cell the size of a small bathroom.

2009 / Claire Schoen / Making Contact, National Radio Project, USA

Tens of thousands of inmates in American prisons live in total isolation. They don't see anyone. They don't talk to anyone. They are completely alone, sometimes for years, in a cell the size of a small bathroom.

Producer Claire Schoen shares the voices of nine survivors of solitary confinement, who paint a vivid picture of what solitary looks, sounds, and feels like.

Survivors was commissioned in part by the American Friends Service Committee for the StopMax campaign.


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Claire Schoen

Claire Schoen is an audio producer, creating sound-rich, character driven, documentary-style stories.


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