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In recent years, the cruelty of solitary confinement has been one of the most debated topics. Activists against the form of imprisonment argue that it constitutes cruel and inhumane treatment of prisoners that does more harm than good, akin to torture.
Now, filmmaker Dan Edge has made a new documentary about solitary confinement. One thing that egged him on was the murder of Tom Clements, the executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, who was shot dead by a former inmate who had spent a long time in solitary confinement.
Edge and Clements had gotten to know each other while Edge was working on a film about war veterans who were struggling with PTSD and had ended up in prison. Clements had told him that he was worried that solitary confinement was being overused in prisons across the United States and that instead of helping the inmates to rehabilitate it was making them much worse.