Five Mual­imm-ak was born in Ethiopia in 1975 and moved to the Unit­ed States with his fam­i­ly at the age of 12. He entered the New York State prison sys­tem in his ear­ly twen­ties with a sen­tence of 33 years to life for a series of drug offens­es. Mual­imm-ak served a total of 12 years, five of them in soli­tary con­fine­ment, before the major­i­ty of his con­vic­tions were over­turned and he was released on time served in 2012. In 2015, he launched his own advo­ca­cy group made up of for­mer­ly incar­cer­at­ed peo­ple, the Incar­cer­at­ed Nation Corporation.
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2,054 Days of Solitary Confinement
A punishment that's cruel, but not unusual