US: Over 4000 Prisoners in Solitary Suffer from Mental Illness

Over 4,000 U.S. prisoners forced into solitary confinement suffer from serious mental illness, a survey from Yale law researchers and the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA) shows.

Prisoners are confined to small spaces without human contact for 22 hours a day for sometimes 15 days or more, the Guardian reports, noting that such treatment only aggravates existing, serious mental conditions such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.

“They are basically being subjected to torture,” said Amy Fettig, the Deputy Director of the ACLU National Prison Project.

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