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Use of Solitary Confinement Questioned

May 20, 2011

Video Questions Excessive Use of
Solitary Confinement in United States

So, now that I’ve learned how to incorporate video in the blog, it might be hard to stop. Anyway, following up on my post about the deaths of immigrants from inadequate medical care while in ICE detention, I’m passing along today’s video, from RT America television, on the excessive use of solitary confinement in the U.S. prison system, another topic I’ve explored in prior posts (see a listing of other posts here). RT is a Russian-based international news service. It’s been criticized for political bias (certainly something no U.S. network would ever be guilty of) but this report seems pretty solid. Included is a brief interview clip with Steven Soldz of Psychologists for Social Responsibility, a group which has campaigned actively against the involvement of psychologists in abusive interrogations.

REQUEST FOR INPUT: The video suggests – without documentation – that many children in U.S. prisons are held in solitary confinement, ostensibly to protect them from adult inmates. I would welcome further information on this if any of you out there are on top of this issue.

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