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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."

The morgue at Alcatraz. The federal prison on Alcatraz Island in the chilly waters of California's San Francisco Bay housed some of America's most difficult and dangerous felons during its years of operation from 1934 to 1963.

On May 18,1983, near Springfield, Oregon, USA, Diane Downs shot three of her children, killing 7-year-old Cheryl, wounding 9-year-old Christie (who suffered a disabling stroke), and paralyzing 4-year-old Stephen. She was sentenced to life plus 50 years.

Prisoner No 3622 - Vintage Police Mugshot - Teen Sentenced To 5 Years in San Quentin Prison - Seattle, Washington

Prisoner No 3622 - Vintage Police Mugshot - Teen Sentenced To 5 Years in San Quentin Prison - Seattle, Washington via Etsy

Self-Taught Student Photographer Explores Simple Beauty Through Composites

I am Annija Veldre from Latvia, a 21-year-old self-taught artist. I take creative fine art photos and Photoshop manipulations to capture the essence of beauty in the connection of human, nature and animal.

Robert Stroud, the convicted murderer who became known as the "Birdman of Alcatraz," died in his sleep in a prison hospital on Nov. 21, 1963. He was 73 years old. He spent 42 years in solitary confinement.

George Davey was sentenced to one month's hard labour in Wandsworth Prison in 1872 for stealing two rabbits. He was ten years old.

Mrs. Patrick Conway seems to have been the only woman jailer (especially one not specifically in charge of a women's prison) in the country as of December 1921; she was jailer at the Tom Green County Jail for more than a dozen years. She personally cooked the prisoners' meals and was known to use physical force to protect herself from the inmates and to maintain order.

Intriguing portraits created without faces

Henrietta Harris is an artist and illustrator from New Zealand who has created a series of seemingly unfinished portraits. Each drawing is a portrait with the subjects face missing — instead, the crisp black and white images are focused on fine lines and clean shapes. The hair on the subjects is incredibly detailed but the facial area of the image is completely blank. For more of her work, check out Harris’ website.

Carlos Hernandez - April 4, 1983 Corpus Christi Police Dept. booking photo (for hanging around outside a convenience store with a knife). More than 20 years after the murder and 16 years after Carlos DeLuna was executed, a Tribune investigation has uncovered evidence that strongly suggests he was innocent and that the real killer was Carlos Hernandez Jr.. Hernandez died in prison in 1999.