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nancy a heitzeg
nancy a heitzeg

yes Officer Friendly re-enforced at every turn, particularly by media

news entertainment "reality" shows..

So daunting to deconstruct

princss6
princss6

I wish I had known about the vigil in Philly.  I would have attended.

nancy a heitzeg
nancy a heitzeg

UN Torture Investigator Calls on Nations to End
Solitary Confinement

by Jean Casella and James Ridgeway

The UN’s torture investigator, Juan Mendez, yesterday
called on UN members nations to ban nearly all uses of solitary confinement in
prisons, warning that is causes serious mental and physical harm and often
amounts to torture. Juan Mendez, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Cruel,
Inhuman, and Degrading Treatment, presented
a written report on solitary confinement to the UN General Assembly’s Human
Rights Committee, which singled out for criticism the routine use of supermax
isolation in the United States. He also gave a press conference and participated
in a forum with American civil rights and human rights groups.
As Reuters
reports, Mendez stated that solitary confinement “‘can amount to torture or
cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment when used as a punishment,
during pretrial detention, indefinitely or for a prolonged period, for persons
with mental disabilities or juveniles.’” He continued, “‘Segregation, isolation,
separation, cellular, lockdown, supermax, the hole, secure housing unit…whatever
the name, solitary confinement should be banned by states as a punishment or
extortion (of information) technique.’”

The rest at http://solitarywatch.com/

Mariame Kaba
Mariame Kaba

Thanks so much for posting this.  I had read it at truthout and have been circulating it on twitter and facebook.   We cannot close our eyes to the ONGOING torture taking place in prisons across the U.S.  Including TAMMS Supermax here in Illinois.

Patriotdaily
Patriotdaily

this is just so sick and twisted. few years ago, meteor blades, valtin and i had a series at DK about torture with the wars. our government admitted years ago that the torture (including sensory deprivation) constituted torture and opposed it, yet it continued with these wars under the 24- hour tv show ticking bomb BS. reagan justice dept. prosecuted for torture at jails in texas years ago. i'm not sure what it will take for our country to recognize that we all have human rights. 

princss6
princss6

Thank you, Victoria!  The picture of the cell is chilling!  

I'm speechless at the recounting of the events.  I guess I shouldn't be surprised but I am surprised at CDCR's actions.

Seeta Persaud
Seeta Persaud

Wow, thank you so much Victoria for this thorough historical background on Pelican Bay.  The prison administrators are the "gang members" committing atrocities, perpetuating a culture of domination, subjugation, and humiliation.  Outrageous. 

Shared far and wide.  Thank you.

nancy a heitzeg
nancy a heitzeg

i wish the left would care about torture at home as well

and yes-- the pressure must somehow be kept on, especially in light of the widespread retaliation

nancy a heitzeg
nancy a heitzeg

thank you for this Victoria

I was aware of the long legal battle over Pelican Bay -- but did not know that  Hunger Strikes had been proceeding at there for a decade

The conditions described are nothing short of torturous and I am remain stunned that they continue to be ignored not only by CDCR but also by so many "liberals".. ..Governor Brown included..

A Disgrace

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