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Torture in Your Backyard - SIGN the Statement Against Solitary Confinement


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Torture, solitary confinement, US prisons, humanrights, violence, freedoms, crime, SCOTUS, abuse )

Angelika
- 431 days ago - nrcat.org
Torture. It's not just something that happened at Abu Ghraib or in secret prison sites tucked away in distant countries. It's happening now. It's happening in prisons on U.S. soil. Prolonged solitary confinement is torture in your backyard..



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Angelika R. (143)
Friday February 8, 2013, 11:46 am
Watch the video !

Torture. Itís not just something that happened at Abu Ghraib or in secret prison sites tucked away in distant countries. Itís happening now. Itís happening in prisons on U.S. soil. Prolonged solitary confinement is torture in your backyard. Inmates in prolonged solitary confinement are confined alone in a small windowless cell, sometimes for months or even years. They typically spend 23 hours per day in their cells and exercise alone for the remaining hour. As a result, many experience paranoia, delusions, and other long-term mental harm. Prolonged solitary confinement destroys prisonersí minds, denies the opportunity for community, and violates the inherent, God-given dignity and worth of every person.

The faith community has a calling to bring light and transparency to prisons. NRCAT created the 20-minute film Solitary Confinement: Torture in Your Backyard to give a voice to the thousands of prisoners held in solitary confinement cells across the country. You will hear from survivors of solitary confinement, including Sarah Shourd, one of three American hikers arrested in Iran, who was held in solitary confinement for 14 months. You will also hear how the religious community in Maine helped secure a seventy percent reduction in the number of Maine prisoners held in solitary confinement.

The film is designed to be shown in congregations or religious organizations. If your congregation has an adult class that studies a variety of issues, you might consider sharing the film in that setting. The film could also work well in a college group setting, prayer group, prison ministry or social justice committee, and interfaith groups. NRCAT has prepared the accompanying resources below for you to use to host a film viewing and discussion. Please help us keep track of where the film is shown by filling out this brief survey to tell us about your film vieiwing or your plans to host a film viewing.

After watching the film, be sure to sign NRCAT's Statement Against Prolonged Solitary Confinement and check out our state advocacy campaigns.
 

Angelika R. (143)
Friday February 8, 2013, 11:49 am
related (from NRCAT:
On February 4, 2013, Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced that the Federal Bureau of Prisons has agreed to a first-ever comprehensive and independent assessment of its use of solitary confinement in U.S. federal prisons. The review is to be conducted through the National Institute of Corrections. Such a review is something for which weíve been fighting and is a critical step in eventually ending the use of prolonged solitary confinement in U.S. prisons.
 

Brian M. (142)
Friday February 8, 2013, 11:57 am
Signed. Noted.
 

Tamara Noforwardsplz (185)
Friday February 8, 2013, 12:27 pm
Noted, signed, twittered and google shared. I am glad to hear that they are finally going to review the use of solitary confinement. Mankind just can't seem to be happy unless we are treating other humans as poorly as possible. If the correctional facilities feel that a prisoner needs to be punished, then just don't let them out of their cell for a certain mandated period of time. And still allow the single hour of solitary exercise in the yard. It just makes me sick to think of all of the ways humans can think of to cause as much torment as possible. Thanks Angelika.
 

Angelika R. (143)
Friday February 8, 2013, 1:39 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Tamara because you have done so within the last week

You may also want to check out the latest post by Angola 3 on this matter if you have not already >
http://www.care2.com/news/member/854795768/3528133
 

AniMae Chi (357)
Friday February 8, 2013, 4:33 pm
So very sad but so wonderful that this magnificent group is doing something about it.

signed
 

JL A. (269)
Friday February 8, 2013, 4:49 pm
60 Minutes did an expose on CA's Pelican Bay prison in the early 1990's on this issue--so sad such human rights abuses continue.
 

Angelika R. (143)
Friday February 8, 2013, 4:55 pm
The arguments that it would cost too much to get prop 34 through were LIES. Keep fighting for it!
 

Henriette Matthijssen (145)
Friday February 8, 2013, 7:01 pm
I signed, Thanks Angie.
 

Judy C. (106)
Friday February 8, 2013, 11:51 pm
This method of punishment is even worse than I thought. Signed. Thanks, Angelika.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 1:58 am
Thanks Angie.
 

Ben Oscarsito (347)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 3:13 am
Done!
http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/2162/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=7373
 

Abdessalam Diab (150)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 5:44 am
Thank you for adding your voice to the call to end prolonged solitary confinement.

Thanks Angie

 

Angelika R. (143)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 9:27 am
Thank you all! Stars where I was able to send, extra one for Ben with thanks for repeating the link!
 

Dandelion G. (403)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 9:53 am
Thank you for adding your voice to the call to end prolonged solitary confinement.
I keep noting but it doesn't seem to be sticking.
 

Autumn S. (138)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 9:15 pm
Signed and Noted
 

Giana Peranio Paz (367)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 11:44 pm
Noted and signed. So many problems to address, the list is a never ending one!
 

magdika-cecilia Perez (96)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 3:01 am
thank you
 

magdika-cecilia Perez (96)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 3:01 am
thank you
 

magdika-cecilia Perez (96)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 3:02 am
thank you
 

Aaron Bouchard (105)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 11:33 am
Signed and noted thanks
 

Natalie V. (27)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 12:49 pm
noted & signed
 

Zee Kallah (39)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 1:25 pm
Thank you for the opportunity to sign this IMPORTANT petition.
 
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