This is a live feed from the inside of a cell at the La Paz County Jail in Parker, AZ. The inmate is James Burns, a volunteer and VICE filmmaker who wanted to document the experience of being in solitary confinement. Cameras from VICE will be broadcasting from his cell live, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. He started his ‘sentence’ on Monday, December 12th and will be there for up to 30 days.
Solitary confinement means spending 23 hours a day in a cell with a solid steel door, a bunk, a toilet and a sink. America uses solitary more than most first-world countries, which opens up a conversation about it is used at various levels of the criminal justice system.
“We at the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office take great pride in our adult detention facility and the work our officers do,” Lieutenant Curt Bagby told VICE in a statement. “Having cameras in our facility showing any part of the process is an easy thing for us to agree to because we take great care to follow the rules set forth for us by the Arizona guidelines on dealing with our incarcerated population. We are happy to show the general public the way we operate as we have nothing to hide. We understand VICE wanted to highlight the practice of solitary confinement, and we are willing to show how it is done here.
“We realize the feedback won’t always be positive towards law enforcement and that other law enforcement agencies would consider this to be counterproductive,” Bagby added, “but if assisting VICE means helping start a conversation, then we would like to be involved.”
Parker Live met James last month before he went in, and we’ll now keep his feed on our site until he’s done.
Read more about the project, and why on earth he’s doing this, HERE.