U.S. Prisons Accused of Human Rights Abuses
In some cases, Human Rights Watch charges, these state institutions violate international standards for the treatment of prisoners adopted by the United Nations.
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An international human-rights group recently charged that the U.S. prison authorities are engaging in "numerous human-rights abuses" through the increasing use of " super maximum security" prisons modeled after the federal prison in Marion, Ill. Condemning what it called the "Marionization" of the nation's prison system, Human Rights Watch said in a new report that 36 states have created such prisons - rigidly regimented institutions in which inmates are usually confined in solitary cells with few opportunities for exercise or contact with other inmates.