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Thomas Silverstein's sketch of the inside of his cell. He's been in solitary confinement since 1983, longer than any prisoner in the U.S. federal system.

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"'In the side pocket cell, I lost some ability to distinguish what was real. I dreamt I was in prison. When I woke up, I was not sure which was reality and which was a dream.' One of the most prolific and talented artists in solitary is 60-year-old Thomas Silverstein, who has been in extreme isolation in the federal prison system under a “no human contact” order for going on 30 years."