Torture: The Use of Solitary Confinement in U.S. Prisons
- Download the Solitary Confinement Factsheet with this link;
- Learn more about the Ruiz v Brown lawsuit with this link;
- Take Action: Honor the Pelican Bay SHU Prisoners’ Demands;
- Read testimony submitted before the Public Safety Committee of the California State Senate for a hearing about media access to prisons; and
- Read testimony submitted before U.S. Congress on CCR’s litigation and advocacy work on the issue of solitary confinement.
What is Solitary Confinement?
In the early nineteenth century, the U.S. led the world in a new practice of imprisoning people in solitary cells, without access to any human contact or stimulation, as a method of rehabilitation. The results were disastrous, as prisoners quickly became severely mentally disturbed. The practice was all but abandoned. Over a century later, it has made an unfortunate comeback. Instead of torturing prisoners with…
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