Among the approximately 3,250 prisoners on death row in the US, the vast majority will serve years in solitary and crippling conditions, awaiting execution. Of the 34 states that still kill people, at least 25 hold death row inmates in solitary confinement for 23 hours or more a day. Sensory deprivation is prevalent. On death row in Texas, hundreds of condemned men are isolated in 60-square-foot, single-person, solid-front cells for 23 hours a day. The prisoners exercise alone for one hour each day in a metal cage. Meals are served through a locking metal flap in the cell door. There are no work or group recreation programs; nor can the prisoners speak to each other through the solid cell walls and door.
The problem is, the Supreme Court doesn’t agree.
Even though it should.
Note that this is nothing to do with the death penalty itself (although regular readers will know I’m vehemently opposed to it). But the treatment of those actually on Death Row is, objectively, torture.
Hell, in the UK we would prosecute someone for treating a dog in this manner, let alone a human being.