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Abuse & Torture!

In response to numerous letters from prisoners detailing specific (and often horrifying) instances of abuse by guards or administrative staff, HRC developed its “Stop the Abuse” campaign, which is our central strategic priority.   We define abuse as not only physical, mental, emotional and sexual torture that goes on in this country’s prison, but also the policies and institutions such as solitary confinement, lack of proper medical treatment, the incarceration of the mentally ill, the incarceration of youth, the incarceration of women, the war on drugs, the war on terror that lead to and legitimizes abuse and torture – we consider these all to be abuses, of people’s freedoms, liberties, and fundamental human rights.  See  Solitary Confinement.