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Rabbi Suzanne Singer

The Sixth Amendment guarantees citizens the right to a fair trial, and yet, in the last year, two popular programs – season one of the Serial podcast, following the trial of accused murderer Adnan Syed, and Netflix’s 10-part documentary series Making a Murderer about accused murderer Steven Avery – have uncovered major flaws in our justice system that inhibit defendants’ ability to secure this right.

Another obstacle to fairness is the practice of solitary confinement. Prison inmates are confined to solitary at the sole discretion of prison administration, isolated in cells...

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