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'Hell is a Very Small Place: Voices from Solitary Confinement'


What is it really like to live in solitary confinement? A new book, "Hell is a Very Small Place: Voices from Solitary Confinement," tries to answer that question. An anthology of stories of people living in solitary confinement in the United States, "Hell is a Very Small Place" attempts to give voice back to those who have been silenced through isolation. One of the book's editors, Sarah Shourd, is all-too familiar with solitary confinement and the impact it has on a person. She was one of three American hikers detained by Iran in 2009 and held as a prisoner until 2010. She spent 410 days in solitary confinement before being released, without a trial or any evidence against her. We'll hear her personal story of solitary confinement and how it impacted her. And we'll talk about why she got involved in this book project and what she's learned from it.

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