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How accurate are film and TV depictions of solitary confinement?

Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman in the NetFlix series
Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman in the NetFlix series "Orange Is The New Black."

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When you hear stories about solitary housing units, or the SHU, in prison, what do you picture?

A small, grungy cell, where prisoners are fed disgusting looking loafs of food and attempt conversations with other inmates in solitary through a small vent in the wall?

The hit NetFlix show "Orange Is The New Black" is based on the memoir of a woman named Piper who spent 15 months in federal prison for her involvement in an international drug smuggling operation. But just how accurate of a prison portrayal is it?

That's something Dylan Matthews of the Washington Post has been looking into. He joins the show to explain. 

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