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Posted by: P-Kasso2
« on: 09 June, 2015, 11:10:52 AM »

I've just seen a BBC website that chilled me to the bone marrow! 

And no, this wasn't in a tin-pot dictatorship in the Middle East. 
It is in America 

Can America really claim to be humane and civilised when it dishes out such penal torture as 43 years in solitary confinement?

"Inmate to be freed after 43 years in US solitary confinement"

As this website points out, massive sentence in solitary confinement are by by no means unusual in the States.  This BBC article  (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-Canada-33059012)  also lists unpalatable facts such as this "80,000 prisoners estimated to be in solitary confinement in the US...held in 44 states...25,000 in "supermax" jails".

What would being sentenced to 43 years in solitary confinement (ie being locked solitary in a small concrete room all day every day since April 1972!) do to a person's head?

And they call it the Land Of The Free?

Is there any logical explanation why America's penal system is so draconian that, to me, it resembles the worst oppressive dictatorship regime?

Any ideas?