Meet the man who stayed at our jail for 30 days

James Burns is a filmmaker and producer with VICE whose early experiences in solitary confinement led to later concerns and an interest in the practice, which is in widespread use in America today. La Paz County Sheriff’s Department allowed him to film a month-long stay at its detention facility in Parker, beginning in mid-December and lasting until January 10th, two weeks ago.

On Monday, James spoke to us via phone from the Sundance Film Festival about how he’s been doing since getting out, what he thinks he learned from the experience and what it was like to be deprived of almost all human contact for 30 days.

Listen using the player above (20 min).

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