Repeating Islands

prisonbarsPrensa Latina reports that more than 3 hundred people from the Caribbean region are being held in solitary confinement in about 30 penitentiaries in the United States. The most obvious problem is the practice of solitary confinement for long periods; in these cases, sensory deprivation is an important issue and may constitute torture.

The source quoted data from U.S. Immigration Service and Custom Control (ICE), highlighting that most prisoners remain in isolation for 15 days or more and around 35 have been there longer than 2 months. “ICE uses excessive force, since these are civilian detentions”, said Dr. Terry Kupers, a psychiatrist that studies solitary confinement at the Wright Institute. “The situation is even worse because many of them do not have lawyers and their families are afraid to complain,” he said.

Ernestine Fobs, ICE spokeswoman, backed up that policy and assured that immigrants are separated from the rest of…

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