Thank you Solitary Watch for posting this article and for making us aware of the inaccurate stance of our government when confronted by the issue of solitary confinement.
Advocates against the frequent and prolonged use of solitary have done much research, communicated with inmates who have been held for years in these inhumane conditions and heard the heart wrenching stories from mothers whose children were held in solitary "for their own protection". The blatant denial by our government of the use of solitary confinement on a regular basis for prolonged periods of time should be held as a "slap in the face" of the international officials who are seeking entrance and oversight of these practices.
I have personally experienced the prolonged use of solitary confinement with my son. From the time of my sons arrest he was held in solitary confinement "for his protection" with the lights on 24 hours a day. He had never been in trouble with the law before. He had never spent time away from home. He had never even been suspended from school. So here is a kid locked in a cell with no human contact, treated as a criminal and hated by all the staff. Imagine the trauma. I know of many mothers and advocates for teens who tell the same stories. Every investigation done and reported on by Solitary Watch and other prison watchdog agencies report the same information. Solitary Confinement is used far too often for far too long with far too many people in this country. You can deny it all you want in your reports, BOP, but the facts remain the same. We treat people without respect, without concern for their welfare and with no regard for human dignity in our prisons. Prison is supposed to be for correction, not punishment and destruction.
Please read the complete article and the statements made by the United States Government. U.S. Government Tells UN Committee on Torture: “There Is No Systematic Use of Solitary Confinement in the United States”