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New Anti-Solitary Confinement Petition by the National Religious Campaign Against Torture
A new petition calling for the abolition of prolonged solitary confinement in US prisons was launched this week by the National Religious Campaign Against Torture.
A new petition calling for the abolition of prolonged solitary confinement in US prisons was launched this week by the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. Please help to spread the word however you can and take a moment to sign the petition here.
Opposition to the use of solitary confinement against the Angola 3 has been a central issue in the struggle for their freedom. Robert King’s conviction was overturned and he was released in 2001 after 29 years in continuous solitary confinement. Albert Woodfox and Herman Wallace remain in prison, no having spent over 39 years in solitary. The Angola 3 and their international network of supporters have long sought to expose the widespread use of solitary and other forms of torture throughout the entire US prison system. For more background, our recent Alternet interview with James Ridgeway and Jean Casella of the Solitary Watch website discuss the severity of this human rights crisis, while spotlighting the conditions at California's Pelican Bay State Prison, recently challenged with two prison hunger strikes.
The full text of the petition is below:
Recognizing that prolonged solitary confinement can cause serious harm to prisoners, it has long been considered a form of torture. As a person of faith, I oppose the use of prolonged solitary confinement.
This image was recently used during the campaign supporting the recent Pelican Bay (and statewide) hunger strikes.