Please join us (if you’re in the Humboldt area) in downtown Eureka, 3rd and E Street, tonight (Thursday 01/02/14).
Here are some recent articles and a good radio show. Please keep this email around so you can listen and read. WE WILL NOT STOP UNTIL THE TORTURE IN PRISONS HAS CEASED. NO ONE SHOULD SPEND MORE TIME IN UNCONSCIONABLE CONDITIONS- entombed in concrete for years. No More!! PROTECT HUMAN RIGHTS.
Women in solitary: ‘Last night another girl hung herself’
‘The isolation degenerates us into madness’
Guantanamo Is Not an Exception: U.S. Prison Policy, from California to Cuba
Making Contact- 2013: The Year the Prison System Changed?: http://www.radioproject.org/2013/12/2013-the-year-the-prison-system-changed/
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Judge adds solitary confinement to prison crowding negotiations
Activists Urge U.S. Government to Grant UN Torture Expert Access to New York’s Prisons
December 9, 2013 By Marlies Talay
In preparation for Human Rights Day tomorrow, groups opposing solitary confinement have sent letters to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, urging them to grant the request of the UN’s main torture expert for more information on and access to New York’s prisons.
Juan Méndez, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, has repeatedly asked the United States State Department to visit American prisons, specifically in California, Colorado, and Pennsylvania as well as New York, stating that his “main concern is the use of solitary confinement.”
Méndez has long condemned the use of prolonged solitary confinement in prisons and jails as torture. In a report to the General Assembly of the UN in August 2011, Méndez called this practice inhumane punishment, and concluded that 15 continuous days in solitary must be the limit before harmful physical and psychological effects take place. The United States has kept incarcerated people in isolation for far longer; some have been in continuous solitary confinement for years or even decades.