The United States of America has the highest incarceration rate in the world. The odds of a random American being in prison or jail are almost five times that of a citizen of England or Wales. Either Americans are more evil than everyone else, or something is seriously wrong with its judicial and prison system.
The California hunger strike against cruel prison condition, including prolonged solitary confinement, is in its second week. Negotiations have begun, but have been made more difficult. Once again, California has banned Marilyn McMahon, executive director of California Prison Focus, from fulfilling her position as a mediator. She and another civil rights attorney were banned during the hunger strike in 2011. The ban was eventually lifted with no reason given. Now they’ve banned other lawyers from visiting prisoners.
The Geneva Conventions declared decades ago that solitary confinement was unacceptably cruel. The US Commission on Safety and Abuse in America’s Prisons said in 2006 it should be ended. Yet decades later the United States still practices this.
Most inmate in solitary confinement are mentally ill or are there because of minor offenses. I personally know a man who was put in solitary because he was mentally ill and wasn’t getting help. A person rarely if ever gets put in solitary because of a crime, but because of problems they have once they’re locked up.
Most people are incarcerated because of minor or drug offenses. And some of them are in solitary. If you got caught smoking pot or being physically intimate with a person of the same sex back when people could get years for those offenses, you could be one of them.
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