Alabama Prison's Cruelty
- Richard Wener for The New York Times April 12th, 2017
- Source: https://www.nytimes.com/
The writer, a professor of environmental psychology at [Tandon] New York University, is the author of “The Environmental Psychology of Prisons and Jails: Creating Humane Spaces in Secure Settings.”
Treatment of inmates in Alabama’s St. Clair Correctional Facility is not only beneath contempt but also a violation of values and standards at every level.
When solitary confinement, itself widely recognized as cruel often to the point of torture, becomes the preferred option, life in the general prison population must truly be hell.
The cultural and religious values of Alabamians cannot support such treatment. Nor does the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution, if the courts are paying any attention.
The cultural and religious values of Alabamians cannot support such treatment.