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May 14, 2004

Torture Isolated? Look at US Prisons

Even the dark humor on late night comparing Iraq to horrible conditions in US prisons reflect a hard truth-- Prison Torture Begins at Home:

Remember the disturbing 1996 videotape of naked prisoners crawling on their bellies in a Texas jail as they were hit with batons, kicked and in some cases bitten by German-shepherds?

Do you recall Corcoran State Prison, where eight guards were accused in 1997 of staging gladiator-like fights between inmates, then shooting and killing some of them in the name of prison security?

And who can forget Haitian immigrant Abner Louima, raped with a stick in the custody of New York City's finest that same year?

Or this Human Rights Watchpage on prison abuse or Amnesty International on police brutality in the US.

Posted by Nathan at May 14, 2004 08:30 AM