Prisoners’ Rights Violations in the USA

Voices from Russia


During the spring of 2012, the US State Department sharply criticised Russia for conditions in its prisons. American officials claim numerous violations of prisoners’ rights due to harsh prison conditions, poor medical care, and violent staff {that sounds like Texas or Alabama: editor}. The report calls these conditions “life threatening”. US lawmakers were also quick to respond to the death of Hermitage Capital lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in pre-trial detention. They adopted the so-called Magnitsky blacklist of financial and travel sanctions against top Russian officials allegedly linked to the lawyer’s death. In July 2011, the US State Department put 11 Russian officials on the US visa blacklist… the so-called Cardin list initiated by Senators Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) and Roger Wicker (R-MS).

However, what about sanctions for those responsible for bad detention conditions in American prisons? The word “bad” seems to be too mild for what’s happening in California prisons…

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