“..California’s extensive use of solitary confinement in two state prisons subjects thousands of inmates to “cruel and degrading” conditions – and amounts to illegal torture -
- Amnesty International said in a new report Thursday.
The human rights group compiled the extensive report after gaining rare access to Pelican Bay State Prison and California State Prison at Corcoran -
- two maximum-security prisons where about 3,000 prisoners are held in extreme isolation -
- often for decades or longer.
One prisoner told interviewers that his confinement made him feel he was “silently screaming 24 hours a day.”
Hundreds of inmates at the two prisons have spent more than a decade in isolation -
- and nearly 80 have been confined more than 20 years with virtually no human contact…”
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