An estimated 80,000 Americans are held in solitary confinement in prisons across the country. Solitary confinement, often in cells no bigger than six-by-ten-feet, means twenty-three hours per day with little or no meaningful human contact. An editor and narrator from the new Voice of Witness book Six by Ten discuss the mental, physical, and spiritual impacts of America’s widespread embrace of solitary confinement.
Mohammed Ali grew up in the Bay Area after his family immigrated to the United States from Fiji. Growing up romanticizing gang life, he escalated through youth detention, jails, and prisons before landing in solitary in a private immigration detention facility in Arizona.
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Mateo Hoke, Mohammed Ali