A historic congressional hearing on solitary confinement in United States’ prisons happened on Tuesday. It was held by the Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights. Chaired by Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, the hearing was the first-ever hearing on the use of isolation in prisons and the human rights, fiscal, and public safety consequences created.
I appeared on RT America to discuss the hearing and solitary confinement. I talked briefly about the grassroots support that made the hearing possible, the kind of effect the “totality of control” has on inmates in isolation units, and how the US continues to refuse to grant UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Mendez a private meeting with prisoners who have been subjected to solitary confinement; specifically, Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of releasing classified information to WikiLeaks.
There were technical issues during the broadcast. My video froze and the broadcast had to use just my voice. I apologize for these issues. Nonetheless, I think one can still appreciate a good portion of the interview.
And for my extensive report on yesterday’s hearing, go here.