In the latest personal testimony on the cruelty of solitary confinement, one of the American hikers who was held hostage in Iran details how the conditions at California's Pelican Bay State Prison are at least as bad, and arguably even worse, than those he experienced in Iran. Inmates at Pelican Bay have been isolated for as long as 42 years, even as Physicians for Human Rights and other human rights organizations all call the practice torture.
For victims fleeing torture or persecution, gaining the sanctuary of asylum in the US often requires rigorous science-based assessment, experts said at a two-day training workshop at AAAS.
NIJC and PHR surveyed conditions in more than a dozen detention centers and county jails that contract with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Our report is the first comprehensive examination of the effects of solitary confinement on immigration detainees.
Immigrants in detention facilities around the United States are often subjected to punitive and long-term solitary confinement and denied meaningful avenues of appeal, according to an investigation by PHR and Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC).
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Watch a panel discussion led by Al Jazeera's Shihab Rattansi discussing the decision of the Obama administration to abandon prosecution of US personnel accused of torturing prisoners while in US custody. PHR's Kristine Huskey participates in the panel with former CIA director of counter-terrorism Robert Grenier and human rights activist Scott Horton.