Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Does prolonged isolation constitute “cruel and unusual punishment”?

A federal judge in Pennsylvania earlier this month ordered a jury trial for an inmate, a former Black Panther, who spent 30 years in isolated detention. He is challenging the punishment as “cruel and unusual,” and if the case actually goes to trial (instead of being settled, as similar cases have been), it could profoundly impact the national legal debate over solitary confinement.

More:  http://www.thenation.com/article/how-a-former-black-panther-could-change-the-rules-of-solitary-confinement/

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