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August 3, 2019

Thousands of immigrants suffer in solitary confinement in U.S. detention centers. Newly obtained documents show that ICE detainees are sometimes placed in solitary for reasons that have nothing to do with rule violations.

There is far more at the link below than I quoted.  The horror and abuse of these people at the hands of the US is beyond shocking / stunning.   It is the systematic degradation and humiliation of certain groups to dehumanize, terrorize, and express bigotry and hatred for them.   Again government thugs get to commit actions forbidden to do to prisoners of war.  We have to stop this.  History will show what monsters we became during this time.    Hugs

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/immigration/thousands-immigrants-suffer-solitary-confinement-u-s-detention-centers-n1007881

The newly obtained documents paint a disturbing portrait of a system where detainees are sometimes forced into extended periods of isolation for reasons that have nothing to do with violating any rules.

Disabled immigrants in need of a wheelchair or cane. Those who identify as gay. Those who report abuse from guards or other detainees.

Only half of the cases involved punishment for rule violations. The other half were unrelated to disciplinary concerns — they involve the mentally ill, the disabled or others who were sent to solitary largely for what ICE described as safety reasons.

A Guatemalan man spent two months in solitary confinement at a county jail in Maryland. The reason: He had a prosthetic leg.

A mentally ill Ukrainian man was put in isolation for 15 days at a detention facility in Arizona. His offense: putting half a green pepper in one of his socks.

In nearly a third of the cases, segregated detainees were determined by ICE to have a mental illness, a population especially vulnerable to the harmful effects of isolation.

“We have created and continue to support a system that involves widespread abuse of human beings,” said Ellen Gallagher, a policy adviser at the Department of Homeland Security.

Gallagher, who is speaking publicly for the first time, has spent the past five years trying to sound the alarm within the federal government about the rampant use of solitary confinement on vulnerable people in ICE custody.

“People were being brutalized,” she said.

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