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U.S. Prisons Accused of Human Rights Abuses

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.

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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