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The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.

Torture has always been regarded as something that happens in uncivilized societies. It is considered such a grievous offense that it has been officially banned by the Geneva Convention and the UN Convention Against Torture, both laws which the U.S. readily accepted. In our own country the Bill of Rights 8th Amendment prohibits it, which has been backed up by the US Supreme Court: “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted”. Our opinion concerning how horrific torture is was apparent when the GITMO photos we’re released to the public. Yet, ironically, that and worse goes on regularly in our American prisons. Unrestrained beatings, rapes, withholding of food withholding of medical care which leads to deaths, and putting prisoners in virtually 24 hour a day solitary confinement for years. All has been documented over and over and over. Still, much goes unreported as many prisons enjoy the privilege of not allowing anyone in to witness what they do. Millions and millions of dollars in settlements have been given to the families of those abused and killed. Of course many more prisoners have no one to fight for them.



Ohio Prisoners Go on Hunger Strike Protesting 17+ Years of Solitary Confinement in 6′ x 10′ Windowless Rooms
Read an article about the protest here.
(Jan 2011)


Full documentary, “Torture: America’s Brutal Prisons”





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