Sunday, May 1, 2011

If you live in Texas, your help is needed

Thanks to Martha Ann Kirk for this action request from NRCAT:  National Religious Campaign Against Torture

We need your help in Texas! The National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) has joined with Texas Impact to support legislation that will begin to address the use of solitary confinement in the Texas prison system. The bill (HB3764) would direct the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) to submit an annual report to the Legislature on the use of solitary confinement (“administrative segregation”) and to establish a plan to improve the conditions of confinement for those prisoners held in administrative segregation. 
Inmates held in administrative segregation are kept in a cell for up to 23 hours a day. Medical experts have testified to the destructive effects of prolonged solitary confinement on the mental health of inmates. Advocates have raised public safety concerns related to releasing inmates directly from solitary confinement to their families and communities – the TDCJ reported that over 1,000 inmates were released from solitary confinement directly into their communities in 2008.

CLICK HERE to take action.

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