November 17, 2012

Brits only have a handful in solitary confinement, America has 80,000

Metro, UK - You can count the number of prisoners in England and Wales kept in solitary confinement on the fingers of one hand. In the US, campaigners put the number at 80,000 – men, women and even children.

Since the early 1990s, dozens of states across the US have built so-called ‘supermax’ (super-maximum security) jails - large complexes in remote areas specifically to hold prisoners in prolonged and strict solitary confinement.

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

In the US, liberty is an economic spectrum, linked to labor costs. Warner Brothers explained this in "Each Dawn I Die" and "I am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang."

Anonymous said...

Gitmo writ large for the drug war. Whereas Britain had Australia, the US frontier is now internalized in reservations. These are the captured armies for the high profit rackets.