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Your Call: The slow psychological violence of solitary confinement

Carla Hernández Ramírez
Performance of The Box, a play about solitary confinement

On the July 13th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with journalist Sarah Shourd about her new play The Box, which is based on years of conversations with people who have lived in solitary confinement.

In The Box, Shourd, who spent 410 days in isolation while imprisoned in Iran, explores the slow psychological violence rooted in solitary confinement. An estimated 80,000 to 100,000 people in state prisons were held in some form of solitary confinement in 2014. What will it take to end this practice? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar and you. 


Sarah Shourd, journalist and playwright for The Box
Web Resources:

Z Space: The Box

The Box, a play about solitary confinement

AJ+: Former Prisoner of Iran Writes Play on Solitary Confinement

Solitary Watch

The Guardian: What is solitary confinement?

Making Contact: Survivors of solitary confinement

Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity

Human Rights Pen Pals

SF Bayview, National Black Newspaper

National Lawyers Guild