“An earlier Israeli Bar Association (IBA) report discussed harrowing conditions isolated prisoners endure. Wings unfit for human habitation. Dungeon-like. Infested with insects. Rancid from sewer and mold odors. Violating the most basic human rights. Israel’s 1971 Prison Ordinance excludes prisoner rights.” – S Lendman
Thousands languish in their gulags. Among the worst worldwide. For supporting human rights. Voicing dissent. Opposing what no one should support.
Denouncing police state practices. Wanting brutalized people liberated. Urging others to get active for freedom.
Demand fundamental change. For rights everyone deserves. Affirmed under international law.
Real democracy. Not fantasy illusion. Government of, by and for everyone equitably.
America and Israel oppose these notions. Criminalize them irresponsibly. Subject offenders to brutalizing treatment.
Including barbaric solitary confinement. Worst when longterm. Torture by any other name.
Worse than physical abuse. Psychology Professor Craig Haney says longterm isolation produces irrational anger, chronic apathy, lethargy, depression and despair.
Some prisoners stop behaving. Become catatonic. Others experience revenge fantasies.
Some normal prisoners become sociopaths. Others hallucinate out-of-control.
In 1890, the US Supreme Court almost banned the practice. On grounds of unconstitutionality.
Writing for the majority in a case involving a convicted murderer isolated for a month, Justice Samuel Miller voiced “serious objections,” saying:
“A considerable number of the prisoners fell, after even a short confinement, into a semi-fatuous condition, from which it was next to impossible to arouse them, and others became violently insane; others, still, committed suicide; while those who stood the ordeal better were not generally reformed, and in most cases did not recover sufficient mental activity to be of any subsequent service to the community.”
At the time, prolonged isolation was used sparingly. Some prisons avoided it entirely.
Today it’s widespread. Affecting many thousands. Gross injustice and then some. At least 25,000 in supermax prisons. Continue reading