Prison Punishment (05:23)
Todd Fickett faces six months in solitary for assaulting an officer. Approximately 80,000 inmates in the U.S. are in solitary confinement. Inmates beat against the doors, flood their cells, and poor bodily fluids under their doors; officers respond to a self-harming incident. (Credits)
Segregation Unit (03:43)
Maine State Prison houses about 900 inmates; most are in general population. Adam Brulotte is in segregation for starting a riot. Officers return Fickett to his cell after he cut open a vein in his arm.
Self-Harm Incident (04:28)
Inmates in segregation communicate via string and paper; Fickett receives a razor blade. Officers remove him from his cell for medical treatment and Llamar Kelly and another inmate clean up the blood.
Unrest in Solitary (03:06)
Brulotte is on his 25th day in segregation and beginning to struggle. Inmates protest and Brulotte floods his cell. Solitary confinement began in the 1800s as a reform experiment but was discontinued; it reemerged in the 1980s.
Using Segregation (04:41)
Warden Rodney Bouffard discusses limiting segregation. Peter Gibbs describes past violent behaviors and makes threats during a meeting with prison staff. Bouffard discusses getting Gibbs out of segregation.
Mental Health Wing (03:10)
Fickett will spend three months in the unit before returning to solitary; he speaks with the prison psychologist. Most inmates in the wing have a serious mental illness and the focus is on treatment.
Trouble in Segregation (04:26)
Inmates are unhappy about Fickett's removal from the unit. Gibbs threatens to self-harm. He and Perry cover their windows in an effort to get what they want; Bouffard and his staff respond.
Segregation and Mental Health (04:58)
Brulotte's behavior increases his solitary confinement to over 100 days. He is anxious about release and wants to obtain his GED. Fickett talks with the psychologist about his family and Bannish gives inmates puzzles to solve. Brulotte pushes feces under his door in protest.
New Prison Program (02:52)
Perry and Brulotte join other inmates to discuss how they make decisions; Perry thinks the program is useless. Fickett speaks with his family on the phone, and it gives him a new perspective.
Inmate Behavior (05:31)
Bouffard and his staff discuss placing Perry in general population. Brulotte was let out of segregation to study for his GED, but started another riot. Perry transfers to a step-down unit. Fickett realizes he has more time in segregation than he thought.
Switching Units (05:47)
Brulotte covers himself and his cell in blood; officers take him to medical. Seven days later, he is in the mental health unit. Fickett returns to segregation.
Inmate Update (02:36)
Brulotte returned to general population and was released from prison in 2014. Perry returned to segregation and within hours, cut open a vein. Gibbs remains in segregation. In February 2014, an inmate released from solitary murdered another prisoner.
Credits: Solitary Nation (01:01)
Credits: Solitary Nation
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