Source: CCR

 

The Darkest Corner: Special Administrative Measures and extreme isolation in the Federal Bureau of Prisons

By: The Allard K. Lowenstein Human Rights Clinic at Yale Law School in collaboration with the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)

Special Administrative Measures (SAMs) are the darkest corner of the U.S. federal prison system, combining the brutality and isolation of maximum security units with additional restrictions that deny individuals almost any connection to the human world. They prohibit prisoners who live under them from contact or communication with all but a handful of approved individuals, and impose a second gag on even those few individuals. The net effect is to shield this form of torture in our prisons from any real public scrutiny. The report, the first to focus on SAMs, attempts to shed light on this little-known practice. Read more here.

 

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