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Solitary Nation

04/24/2014 at 1:00 am on WTTW Create/World

An estimated 80,000 Americans are in solitary confinement - even people who haven't committed violent crimes - sometimes for years, or even decades. Using extraordinary access to the segregation unit at the maximum security Maine State Prison, FRONTLINE examines America's use of solitary confinement - a practice U.S. prisons and jails resort to more than most other countries. Some prison officials see it as necessary to keep order and safety, but critics say it is inhumane and counterproductive. 'Solitary Nation' is an extraordinarily rare and intimate view of life in solitary, through the stories of inmates living in isolation, the prison officers who keep them locked in, and a new warden who is re-thinking the practice and trying to reduce the number of inmates in solitary.

Solitary Nation

04/25/2014 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Interviews with inmates and prison officers shed light on America's use of solitary confinement.

Prison State

04/29/2014 at 10:00 pm on WTTW HD

A look at the impact of mass incarceration in America focuses on a housing project in Kentucky.

Prison State

04/30/2014 at 7:30 pm on WTTW Create/World

With unprecedented access, FRONTLINE investigates the impact of mass incarceration in America, focusing on a troubled housing project in Louisville, Kentucky, and a statewide effort to reverse the trend. There are some 2.3 million people behind bars in the U.S. today, but a disproportionate number come from a few city neighborhoods, and in some places the concentration is so dense that states are spending millions of dollars a year to lock up residents of single blocks. 'Prison State' examines one community, Louisville's Beecher Terrace housing project, and follows the lives of four residents as they move in and out of custody, while Kentucky tries break that cycle and shrink its prison state.

The Untouchables

05/02/2014 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

A look at why Wall Street's leaders and have escaped prosecution since America's financial meltdown.

Hunting The Nightmare Bacteria

05/06/2014 at 9:00 pm on WTTW HD

A look the alarming rise of untreatable infections in hospitals, communities and across the globe.

United States of Secrets, Part One

05/13/2014 at 9:00 pm on WTTW HD

The history of the National Security Agency's unprecedented surveillance program is investigated.

Outlawed In Pakistan

05/16/2014 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

A teenager makes her way through Pakistan's broken justice system after accusing four men of rape.

United States of Secrets, Part Two

05/20/2014 at 9:00 pm on WTTW HD

The role of Silicon Valley in the National Security Agency's surveillance program is explored.

To Catch A Trader

05/27/2014 at 9:00 pm on WTTW HD

Billionaire Steven A. Cohen and the largest insider trading scandal in US history are investigated.

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