Coalition Sends Letter to Senate Regarding Solitary Confinement as Torture

DALLAS — Feb. 27, 2014 — The National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms (NCPCF), which MLFA is a founding member, submitted a statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights for its Hearings on Solitary Confinement.

Highlights from the statement include:

Prolonged solitary confinement is now probably the most widely practice method of torture in the US…

…The use of torture and solitary confinement does enormous damage to the United States of America. It destroys our moral authority, undermines due process and the rule of law, infects our legal system with coerced and false statements and pleas of guilty, and impairs our relationship with other countries and cultures that abhor torture, and question how they can cooperate with such a system without themselves becoming complicit.

…Solitary confinement is thought to “soften” inmates up and make them more susceptible to giving information. As with any form of torture, solitary confinement may become so painful that inmates will agree to cooperate, but there is no guarantee that this cooperation will provide truthful information. Solitary confinement induces mental confusion, disorientation, and inability to think clearly. Interrogators believe that it can give them an advantage in planting ideas in an inmate’s head, and extracting information that law enforcement officers want to hear.

Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA) is a national civil liberties legal fund that defends the U.S. Bill of Rights by supporting legal cases involving civil liberty encroachments. Established in 2001, MLFA has defended freedom of speech, freedom of religion, right to a fair trial, due process of law and other American civil liberties.

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