Charles Manson Placed in Solitary Confinement at Age 77
CORCORAN, Feb. 7, 2012 – On October 4, 2011, officials at the California State Prison in Corcoran moved Charles Manson to the Security Housing Unit (SHU), also known as “the hole”.
Manson has been sentenced to more than a year in solitary confinement, based on the allegation that he was in possession of a “deadly weapon”.
The alleged weapon was a wire from a pair of eye-glasses. Friends of Manson claim this recent decision by prison officials is yet another act of discrimination, since the item in question, although technically a rule violation, is commonly modified and used as a craft tool by inmates throughout the prison.
In solitary confinement (SHU), Manson is held in a cell for 23 hours a day and denied basic privileges such as packages, phone access, contact visits, and normal human interaction. Considering his advanced age, friends are expressing great concern for Manson’s health and well-being.
More about solitary confinement -
Solitary Confinement is now widely viewed as inhumane, ineffective, and as having shattering physical and psychological effects.
Solitary confinement violates the European Convention on Human Rights.
In a United Nations report, solitary confinement is classified as “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and even torture”, which “cause[s] severe mental and physical pain or suffering”. The UN recommends that “the practice should be used only in very exceptional circumstances, as a last resort, [and] for as short a time as possible.” The UN now defines “prolonged solitary confinement” as any term longer than 15 days, because at that point, “some harmful psychological effects of isolation could become irreversible”.
The UN Human Rights Committee and Committee Against Torture - http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2011/gashc4014.doc.htm
The National Religious Campaign Against Torture - http://www.nrcat.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=546&Itemid=396
American Civil Liberties Union - http://solitarywatch.com/2011/02/21/aclu-urges-un-to-take-action-on-solitary-confinement-in-the-united-states/
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