UN Top Torture Investigator Wants Access to American Prisons

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UN Top Torture Investigator Wants Access to American Prisons

  

UN special rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez wants access to California prisons to look into isolation units.

  

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October 21, 2013  |

The top torture investigator in the United Nations  wants access to California prisons to determine whether prisoners’ rights are being respected. The official wants to specifically look into the practice of solitary confinement, which sparked a hunger strike over the summer in California jails.

In an  interview with the  Los Angeles Times editorial board, Juan Mendez, the UN special rapporteur on torture, said that there should be “more justification” for placing inmates in isolation units. Mendez also said that “we should put the burden on the state that this is the proper way to do things, and we should all be a lot more skeptical.”

10,000 inmates are in solitary confinement in California. Advocates for prisoner rights’ say that many inmates are placed in isolation on flimsy evidence of belonging to a gang….

Read more, please:  http://www.alternet.org/un-official-wants-investigate-solitary-confinement-california?

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