REPORTS: State Governments Are Already Punishing Capitol Protesters Before They Get A Trial

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Good for Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) for standing up against the widespread use of physically and emotionally devastating solitary confinement in prisons and jails across America. In particular, the two senators are criticizing that people charged for involvement in the so-called January 6 United States Capitol insurrection are being routinely subjected to solitary confinement in jail while they await their trials.

Kyle Cheney, Andrew Desiderio, and Josh Gerstein wrote on Monday at Politico:
'Solitary confinement is a form of punishment that is cruel and psychologically damaging,' Warren said in an interview. 'And we’re talking about people who haven’t been convicted of anything yet.'

The Massachusetts Democrat, a member of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer's leadership team, said that while some limited uses of solitary confinement are justified, she’s worried that law enforcement officials are deploying it to 'punish' the Jan. 6 defendants or to 'break them so that they will cooperate.'
Read the complete Politico article here.

* Originally published at the Ron Paul Institute

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