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Torture in U.S. prisons

Evidence of U.S. human rights violations

Torture and abuse of prisoners in the U.S. stand in contrast to international treaties, conventions, and declarations that provide basic guidelines for the treatment of prisoners. 

Human rights law must be upheld by the U.S. police, court, and prison justice systems. One way to foster this change is for prisoners, their families and loved ones, and prisoner rights advocates to weave the language of international standards and treaties into their arguments for humane prison conditions and treatment of prisoners. 

Alongside related international human rights agreements, this report presents prisoners’ testimonies of torture and abuse, including no-touch torture, chemical torture, and physical torture.