'Overuse of solitary confinement in the United States is cruel and shameful but hiding or denying it just makes it worse,' says ACLU
Actually the truth is out, at least some of it is out here at home, but that truth remains clouded and un-official. But, if the United Nations issued an official report to the world, well then, everyone would know what we at home already know (but, won't admit in public) that our prison system is unjust, brutal, and based almost entirely on race, with class being the only other factor.
We develop lots of phrases to make the prison system sound as if it were necessary and doing something positive for our society. But the outside inspectors from the United Nations would be able to see past the slogans and into the reality. They would have the capacity to compare here with 'over there'.
As the book title explains, 'The rich get richer and the poor get prison."
A United Nations investigator has accused the U.S. of blocking access to prisons—including state and federal facilities where an estimated 80,000 people are in solitary confinement and the military prison at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba—leading civil liberties experts to wonder, "Is the United States hiding something?"
"It’s simply outrageous that it's taking such a long time to provide access to American detention facilities." —Jamil Dakwar, ACLU