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During the past three decades, “supermax” confinement has become a widespread and integral element of prison administration in the United States.
As many as 80,000 prisoners are held in supermax facilities or in isolation units within prisons. These prisoners endure conditions of extreme sensory deprivation for months or years on end, an excruciating experience in which the prisoner remains isolated from any meaningful human contact. Access to a telephone, books, magazines, radio, television, even sunlight and outside air may be denied or severely restricted.
The policy of supermax confinement, on the scale which it is currently being implemented in the United States, violates basic human rights. We believe that in many cases supermax confinement constitutes torture under international law according to international jurisprudence and cruel and unusual punishment under the U.S. constitution.
The time has come to critically review and reform the widespread practice of supermax confinement. Courts in recent years have largely deferred to prison administrators with regard to the implementation and expansion of supermax confinement, stretching the limits of constitutionality so that supermax is largely immunized from judicial review. Indeed, as long as a prisoner receives adequate food and shelter, the extreme sensory deprivation that characterizes supermax confinement will, under current case law, almost always be considered within the bounds of permissible treatment.
Although supermax confinement does not produce visible scars or bruises, its impact on prisoners can be comparable to physical torture.
Numerous studies confirm the psychological damage caused by supermax confinement, and the
adverse effects are especially pronounced for mentally ill prisoners.
[Inmates] can go weeks, months or potentially years with little or no opportunity for normal social contact with other people . . . . [They] remain confined to their cells for 22 and 1/2 hours of each day. Food trays are passed through a narrow food port in the cell door. Inmates eat all meals in their cells. Opportunities for social interaction with other prisoners or vocational staff are essentially precluded . . . . [S]ome inmates spend the time simply pacing around the edges of the pen; the image created is hauntingly similar to that of caged felines pacing in a zoo.
Originally posted by kn0wh0w
for someone disagreeing with that statement, try locking yourself in your room for a weak.
you'll go batsh*t crazy over time.
Originally posted by getreadyalready
reply to post by sonnny1
I have friend from the Netherlands, and she says there is no drug problem there whatsoever. No addictions. The only people that ever get into trouble over drugs are the tourists. She is a pretty, young college girl, and in a country where just about everything is legal, she has never tried any of it.