April 9, 2013 | Ian Kysel | ACLU
There are more than 80,000 people in solitary confinement in the United States. Last week, the widespread misuse and abuse of solitary confinement in jails and prisons across the country drew international condemnation when the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights criticized the
United States following weeks of hearings
on human rights practices across the Americas region.
Before the hearings started, the United States government declared itself a “strong supporter” of the commission and stated that “[p]reserving the [commission’s] autonomy is a pillar of our human rights policy in the region.” The U.S. must live up to this commitment by making sure prisoners across the country have their basic human rights protected.
At a hearing on solitary confinement, the ACLU testified about the excessive use of solitary confinement in the U.S. and submitted testimony alongside a coalition of human and civil rights groups