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In Federal Prisons, Solitary Confinement Actually Means Sharing

Menard Correctional Center in Chester, Illinois. The prison was first built in 1878. It has 143 double cells in its segregation unit. (Joe Shapiro/NPR)
Menard Correctional Center in Chester, Illinois. The prison was first built in 1878. It has 143 double cells in its segregation unit. (Joe Shapiro/NPR)

A new joint investigation finds that more than 80 percent of federal inmates in so-called solitary confinement are actually forced to share a cell with another, often violent, inmate. Marshall Project reporter Christie Thompson and NPR’s Joe Shapiro speak to Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd about the conditions and the sometimes lethal repercussions.

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