Last Days of Solitary

Published on March 27, 2021 by

In this 2017 documentary, FRONTLINE goes inside one state’s ambitious attempt to decrease its use of solitary and takes a look at what happens when prisoners who have spent considerable time in isolation try to integrate back into society.

Filmed over three years by producers Dan Edge and Lauren Mucciolo, with unprecedented access to the solitary unit at Maine State Prison, “Last Days of Solitary” portrays the psychological toll and the challenges the prison faces handling men considered the most dangerous and difficult in the state. It’s a haunting portrait of life in solitary, and a unique document of a risky reform experiment.

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