Wednesday, March 18, 2015

U.N. Investigator: 80,000 People Held in Solitary Confinement in U.S. Every Day

Prisoners are held in solitary where they have no human contact for 22 or 23 hours a day and in some cases that has been happening for over 20 years

The top United Nations investigator on torture, Juan Mendez, has been alleging that Washington is dragging its heels when it comes to granting him access to visits of federal prisons and allowing him to talk with detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Mendez’s biggest criticism has been the US’s solitary confinement policies and whether they are a violation of human rights laws.
Ben Swann speaks with constitutional rights attorney Pardiss Kebriaei about the tensions growing between the State Department and the United Nations.

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