Torture: America’s Brutal Prisons

“We reveal how America treats prisoners in its’ own backyard. Youths pounded by guards, inmates dying after being shackled, or beaten to a pulp. An ever-growing death toll in a hidden world of astonishing violence”

This programme shows that abuses like those documented in Abu Ghraib are commonplace in the USA’s overcrowded and understaffed prisons. Prisoners are shackled and hooded ‘for their own protection’; pepper spray is used as an alternative to physical force, but in sufficient quantities to cause second-degree burns; beatings are frequent and sometimes fatal. The programme suggests that the cause is not a few ‘bad apples’, but a pervasive culture of dehumanisation and brutality. (Excerpt from main website)

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