Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Virginia Has Solitary Confinement Case, if Justices Want It

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court seems eager to hear a case on the constitutionality of a distinctively American form of punishment: prolonged solitary confinement.
“Years on end of near total isolation exact a terrible price,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote in a concurrence in a case in June. Justice Stephen G. Breyer echoed the point in a dissent in a case later that month.
An appeal from Virginia materialized almost immediately. Now the justices must weigh whether it has the right features — whether it is, in legal jargon, a good vehicle — to serve as the basis for a major decision on extended solitary confinement, which much of the world considers torture.
More:  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/15/us/virginia-has-solitary-confinement-case-if-justices-want-it.html

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