Solitary confinement is a widespread use of torture that’s been normalized across the USA. Like many other human rights violations, it happens regularly in prisons and jails.
Recently, one state has done something to make a change in the face of a terrible tragedy.
Layleen Polanco was a 27-year-old trans woman who died of an epileptic seizure after being placed in solitary at Rikers Island jail. Her medical conditions should have made her exempt from solitary – but they did it anyway. Now that she’s died, they’re making some changes.
When you simply make adjustments to something as horrific as torture, instead of abolishing it completely, you leave room for it to continue to be abused and even grow. Solitary confinement is an insult to human rights. It has to go for good!