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“Basically They’re Black Sites on American Soil”

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“Basically They’re Black Sites on American Soil”

 

ERIN MCCLAM, NBC News

A federal prison that houses some of the most notorious criminals in American history, from the Unabomber to the would-be shoe bomber, is violating international law by consigning inmates to prolonged solitary confinement, a human rights group says.

 

Amnesty International said in a report Wednesday that the prison — the Administrative Maximum facility at Florence, Colorado, also known as ADX and sometimes called Alcatraz of the Rockies — subjects inmates to cruel, degrading and “inhuman” conditions.

 

Most ADX inmates are allowed almost no social interaction, for 22 to 24 hours a day and years on end. The report says that the “vast majority” are confined in cramped cells with solid walls, solid doors and a small slit window with a view of the sky or other buildings.

 

Even exercise time is limited to individual yards or cages “with no view of the natural world,” said the report, which drew on accounts from inmates and legal papers. Scissors-32x32.png

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