- 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.'