Solitary confinement means tiny, windowless cages. Filthy, cold and barren cages. No wonder that people held in solitary suffer grave physical, psychological and emotional trauma.
The United Nations has stated unequivocally that solitary confinement over 15 days is torture. But in Illinois, thousands of people are held in extreme isolation for weeks, months, years, even decades for minor infractions.
We have a chance to restrict the use of solitary confinement in Illinois. The Illinois House will vote on the landmark Isolated Confinement Restriction Act (HB 5417) in the coming days.
The Isolated Confinement Restriction Act (HB5417) would:
Thanks to the people at the Uptown People’s Law Center in Chicago for this information.
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