Center for Victims of Torture Supports Limits on Solitary Confinement in Minnesota

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Center for Victims of TortureTM (CVT) today released the following statement in support of proposed legislation in the State of Minnesota to increase limits on use of solitary confinement:

“As an organization which has extended rehabilitative care to over 30,000 survivors of torture, the Center for Victims of Torture fully supports legislation to limit and control use of solitary confinement in Minnesota correctional facilities. Solitary confinement is a form of sensory deprivation, which can have serious psychological consequences, including severe anxiety, hallucinations and other debilitating effects which can be long lasting. In fact, CVT urges the Minnesota legislature to go one step further and limit any use of disciplinary segregation to a maximum of 15 days, and hold all reviews that might consider longer periods than that to a high standard. As then-UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Mendez noted, the effects of solitary confinement may be irreversible after this period. He concluded that prolonged solitary confinement amounts to torture or cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, and should be prohibited. This legislation will bring Minnesota into the growing consensus that the ‘evolving standards of decency that mark the progress of a maturing society’ do not involve the use of prolonged solitary confinement.” – Curt Goering, CVT executive director



The Center for Victims of Torture is a nonprofit organization headquartered in St. Paul, MN, with offices in Atlanta, GA, and Washington, D.C.; and healing initiatives in Africa and the Middle East. 

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