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Isolated and dehumanised: inmates in Arizona’s isolation units

Headline Title:  Inside Arizona's isolation units 03 April 2012 It has been three years since John Wilson – not his real name – was allowed normal interaction with another human being.Since mid-2009, the 30-year-old has spent nearly 24 hours a day, every day, in a small, windowless cell in a Special Management Unit at the Arizona State Prison Complex.Measuring little more than seven square metres, the cell has a metal bed, a desk, a stool and a toilet. The only natural light and air comes from a small skylight in a central area beyond the cell tiers – conditions are specially…

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