For Immediate Release
Crucial Senate Hearing on Indefinite Detention Includes PHR Testimony
Cambridge, Mass. - 02/29/2012
PHR announced today that Senator Dianne Feinstein submitted PHR testimony [pdf] at a crucial Senate hearing on indefinite detention. Today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing was focused on Senator Feinstein’s recent bill, “The Due Process Guarantee Act,” which is an attempt to counteract the authorization of indefinite detention which was legislated by the US Congress and signed into law by the President on December 31, 2011.
Authored by PHR’s Medical Advisor, Dr. Scott Allen, the testimony is based on important findings from the groundbreaking report, “Punishment Before Justice: Indefinite Detention in the US,” which showed that the uncertainty, unpredictability, and uncontrollability of indefinite detention causes severe harms in healthy individuals. In the report, PHR calls on the United States to abolish all policies mandating or permitting indefinite detention.
“PHR’s report makes a clear case for ending the damaging practice of indefinite detention,” said Hans Hogrefe, Chief Policy Officer at PHR. “We are honored that critical findings from our report documenting the harmful psychological and physical effects of indefinite detention have been included in this important hearing, which we hope will be the beginning of necessary changes to this policy.”
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