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Tell California Officials to End the Abusive Use of Solitary Confinement

Claire Savage

July 20, 2013

California is just one of more than 40 US states to abuse the practice of solitary confinement. Amnesty’s report shows how the United States has shamefully become a world leader in holding people in isolation for prolonged periods — as much as 20 years or more. Help us stop this practice by taking action.

According to the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture, solitary confinement, even for a limited period, can cause serious psychological harm. Amnesty International urges that solitary confinement, whether for disciplinary or administrative purposes, is used only as a last resort. States should isolate prisoners only in exceptional circumstances, and as for as short a time as possible.'

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