Drew these illustrations with scratchboard, etching away black ink with an x-acto knife to reveal white underneath, and an animator brought them to life. Watch one teenager’s experience in solitary confinement in Rikers Island.
What it’s like for teens in ‘the box’
Ismael “Izzy” Nazario counted 300 days in solitary confinement while he was in and out of New York City’s Rikers Island as a teenager … before he was convicted of a crime.
Our new animation, “The Box,” illustrates his experience – one of thousands of teens who are placed in solitary confinement cells in juvenile halls, jails and prisons across the country every year.
Watch the animation and get the full story on Reveal, our new investigative radio show with PRX.