Investigating Prisoner Abuse and 'Double-Cell' Solitary

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View of a cell block corridor of Lewisburg Penitentiary, Lewisburg, Penn., Nov. 16, 1964.

The Marshall Project’s Christie Thompson and NPR’s Joe Shapiro take us inside the federal penitentiary in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania to reveal the consequences of an abusive practice known as “double-cell” solitary: housing two prisoners in a cell smaller than a parking space for nearly 24 hours a day. For their investigation, “28 Days in Chains,” they tell the story of Sebastian Richardson, who resisted being housed with a violent cellmate who had reportedly assaulted 20 previous “cellies.” Richardson said his options were either live in a tiny cell with a violent man or remain in restraints. He was shackled for 28 days. The radio pieces can be found on NPR's website: Inside a Lewisburg Prison, Solitary Confinement Methods Often Lead to Violence at Lewisburg PrisonDoubling Up Prisoners In 'Solitary' Creates Deadly Consequences, and Inside Lewisburg Prison: A Choice Between A Violent Cellmate Or Shackles.