Rampant use of solitary confinement in the US constitutes torture

November 2011

"George Ruiz is 72 years old. For the past 30 years, he has spent every day alone — locked in a cramped, windowless cell inside the Security Housing Unit (SHU) first at California’s Pelican Bay State Prison, then at Tehachapi prison. He is allowed out for only one hour per day to exercise – also alone – in another concrete cell.

Ruiz is in the SHU not for any rule violation, but because other prisoners claimed he was affiliated with a prison gang. ..."

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November 18, 2014