There are many ways to destroy a person, but one of the simplest and most devastating is through prolonged solitary confinement. Deprived of meaningful human interactions, otherwise healthy prisoners become unhinged. They see things that do not exist, and they fail to see things that do.
Solitary Confinement: Social Death and Its Afterlives
Solitary Confinement is torture and it’s in violation of both International law and America’s founding principles.
Yet in the last 20 years, our government’s so called correctional institutions, and pretrial holding facilities — prisons and jails – have increasingly turned to using isolation as a further punishment for crimes which people have been accused or convicted. Today, more than 80,000 Americans, men, women, and children, are being held in solitary confinement. Some are even held in isolation in pretrial detention facilities, and sometimes for years, even before it is known if they actually committed a crime or not, which has the effect of pressuring them into a conviction, even if they are innocent.
If it were another country that was torturing 80,000 Americans, we would be preparing for war.
How then has it become acceptable for our own government to torture our own citizens?
What kind of justice is served when we punish or torture people accused of crimes before they are convicted of a crime? This is the kind of tyranny our founding fathers revolted against.
We need your help in bringing this serious human rights abuse to the attention of the American people. We need you to write letters to the media and various government agencies, and we’ve made it easy for you to do so. After you’ve spent some time learning more about the psychological damage and even physical brain damage that prolonged solitary confinement causes, Click Here to write your letter to make a difference.