Saturday, September 5, 2015

Advocates Rally To Keep Solitary Confinement In Spotlight

Last November he United Nations committee on torture found that the United States was not in compliance with its Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment because of excessive use of solitary confinement in prisons across the country. The UN found that use of solitary confinement of over 15 days amounts to torture. Nearly a year later New York state has no limit on how long an inmate can be held in solitary--some have served decades. With increasing focus on the conditions in prisons, New York is struggling to address flaws in its prison system that has led to deaths and that advocates say does irreversible mental and physical damage to inmates.

More:  http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5867-advocates-rally-to-keep-solitary-confinement-in-spotlight

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