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Calif. Inmates Ask U.N. To Probe Solitary Confinement

March 21, 2012  | 

Calling solitary confinement "torture," California prisoners and advocates are asking the United Nations to investigate the segregated housing of gang members at prisons throughout the state, reports the Los Angeles Times.

They are petitioning the U.N. to conduct an inquiry into the conditions of the state's "security housing units," which they say violate international human rights. They also want the Red Cross to be allowed in to visit the lockups.

"We have California treating several thousand prisoners in much the same way the U.S. government treats enemy combatants held in Guatanamo," said Peter Schey, an attorney representing hundreds of inmates.

Related:

Calif. Proposes Returning High-Risk Prison Gang Members to General Population

Tags: Corrections, California Corrections


Comments (3)

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Jack Betz @ 3/22/2012 5:25 PM

The UN has NO authority to involve itself in the affairs of the state of Calf. Or any state in the union for that matter.

Bob@Az. @ 3/22/2012 5:58 PM

But I'll bet they will! Wonder what sleazy lawyer took this one? And it being Ca., the state will roll over to make sure the cons get whatever they want.

Frank @ 3/23/2012 1:46 PM

Jack I agree. Hillary is working with the UN regarding Firearms in this country and is or was trying to stop M1 Garands from coming back into the country from South Korea (?). My personal opinion is the UN should be relocated in the Soviet Union. Another waste of money.

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