Friday, October 19, 2018
Torture: US Supermax Prisons (video)
Best Documentary, March 18, 2018; Pfc. Sandoval, Seth Auberon (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
Supermax, American prison HELL (doc)
Supermax means "Super Maximum Security" prison. It's a code name that disguises the harshest prison system in the United States: total solitary confinement. Of the 2.2 million American citizens in American jails, it is said that 25,000 are locked up in these torture facilities (as defined by international standards). Shut in a windowless cell for 23 hours a day, with no human contact other than with the guards, and one hour inside in a cement "yard." For any exercise at all, it's just one hour’s worth of walking around a concrete pit 16 feet by 10 feet. Often inmates are kept for life. This disciplinary measure, presented as the answer to violence in prisons, has never been proven to work anywhere. How does one live from day to day in total solitary confinement? Let's go on a journey to northern California, to the corridors of Pelican Bay, the first Supermax prison in the country.