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February 12, 2014

Confront Torture in Maryland Prisons

Interfaith Action for Human Rights (IHAR), a Mid-Atlantic partner of the National Religious Campaingn Against Torture  (NRCAT), is confronting the use of long-term solitary confinement in Maryland prisons by supporting bill SB0861/HB0787, now in progress in the Marlyand General Assembly. The bill would commission a third party to conduct a study on the use of solitary confinement within Maryland prisons, particularly its use with incarcerated youth and individuals with mental illness.

Long-term solitary confinement is considered to be torture under international standards of human rights. NRCAT cites that on any given day 8.5% of incarcerated individuals in Maryland prisions are subjected to solitary confinement inspite of this.

Take action and reach out to Maryland legislators in support of this measure that will provide a clear picture of the use of torture in state prisons and will provide the groundwork for addressing this issue. If you would like to offer additional assistance to the effort and learn more, please contact Suzanne O'Hatnik via IHAR.

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