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    (This video was originally published in August 2016. Since then, Jason Swain has been released from solitary confinement and his mother has been allowed to visit with him.) Shirley Swain's son, Jason, is in prison, suffering from bipolar depression. And for more than 13 years, he's been in solitary confinement - a condition that studies have shown often makes mental illness worse. Critics say that amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. "People treat animals better than that,” Shirley Swain says.

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    Rosie Anderson was brutally attacked inside Central Prison in 2015. She survived - and posted the video of when she was attacked, hoping to make prisons safer. Since then, three other North Carolina prison employees have been killed. In April, Sgt. Meggan Callahan was beaten to death with a fire extinguisher, authorities say. In October, prison employees Veronica Darden and Justin Smith were also killed.