The Mass Incarceration crisis is in the news. One of the first bi-partisan initiatives to come to Capitol Hill is a sweeping sentencing reform bill that attempts to deal with this crisis. But there’s another crisis taking place in our prisons, the practice of solitary confinement, which many regard as torture.
In this week’s episode, we’ll talk to Rev. Laura Markle Downton of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. She will explain exactly what solitary confinement is, and why the UN’s special rapporteur on torture believes the United States’ practice qualifies as torture.