TV News LIES

Thursday, Jul 28th

Last update05:20:13 AM GMT

You are here News Human Rights One of the Darkest Periods in the History of American Prisons

One of the Darkest Periods in the History of American Prisons

E-mail Print PDF

American prison abusesIt has been an extraordinary three weeks in the history of the American penal system, perhaps one of the darkest on record. In four states, from the Atlantic to the Mississippi, from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes, the systemic abuse and neglect of inmates, and especially mentally ill inmates, has been investigated, chronicled and disclosed in grim detail to the world by lawyers, government investigators and one federal judge.

The conclusions are inescapable: In our zeal to dehumanize criminals we have allowed our prisons to become medieval places of unspeakable cruelty so far beyond constitutional norms that they are barely recognizable.

First, on May 22nd, the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department released a report highlighting the unconstitutional conditions of a county prison in Florida. Then, on May 30th, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit alleging atrocious conditions at a state prison in Mississippi. One day later, the feds again sounded out on behalf of inmates, this time against profound abuse and neglect at a Pennsylvania prison. Finally, last week, a federal judge issued an order describing the unconstitutional "brutality" of the prison in Orleans Parish, Louisiana.

There were many common themes in the reports. In each instance, the mistreatment of mentally ill inmates was highlighted. Prison officials have failed to provide a constitutional level of care in virtually every respect, from providing medication and treatment to protecting the men from committing suicide.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


Report: Thousands of children arrested in war zones

Children detained in war zonesChildren caught in conflict-affected areas are often held without charge for months as national security threats,...

Turkey to Suspend Human-Rights Convention

Human Rights Convention suspended in TurkeyTurkey will temporarily suspend the European Convention on Human Rights after announcing a state of emergency...

Dozens of Palestinian leftists on hunger strike in Israeli jails

Palestinians on hunger strikeDozens of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails have launched a hunger strike in solidarity with Bilal...

Transgender rights bill dropped in Israeli Knesset

transgender bill pulled in Israeli knessetA bill in the Israeli parliament to protect transgender people from hate crimes was abruptly withdrawn...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!