I am Shane Bauer, investigative journalist. I was held hostage in Iran for 26 months. AMA!
Hey Reddit, I'm Shane Bauer. In 2009, I was living in Syria, where I was working as a journalist. While on a trip with friends, I was apprehended near the Iran-Iraq border and spent 26 months in prison in Tehran. Four of those months were spent in solitary confinement.
I wrote about the experience in my book, "A Sliver of Light", which was released last month.
My experience in prison inspired me to focus my reporting on the prison system in the U.S. and around the world. The size of the U.S. prison population tripled in just twenty years, and the U.S. holds more people in solitary confinement than any other country in the world.
Over the course of the next year, I'm crowdfunding to be able to report on the prison system full-time as an independent journalist. You can learn more about and support that project here: http://www.beaconreader.com/projects/the-prison-problem