New Report Finds More Than 122,000 People In Solitary Confinement In The United States

Figures Exceed Previous Counts Because They Include All People in Solitary in Prisons and Jails for 22 or More Hours a Day, and Are Based on the Most Reliable Available Sources Washington, DC — The watchdog group Solitary Watch and the advocacy coalition Unlock the Box today released a groundbreaking joint report showing that at least 122,840 people are locked daily in solitary confinement in U.S. prisons and jails for 22 or more hours a day. Calculating Torture ( LINK ) is the first report to combine the use of solitary in local and federal jails in addition to state and federal prisons. It is based on analysis of data recently released by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) as well as by state prison systems that did not report to BJS, and data from a survey of local jails conducted by the Vera Institute of Justice.

Three Executions in Iran; One Hanged in Public

Watching a public execution in Iran (file photo)
Watching a public execution in Iran (file photo)
Iran Human Rights, May 31, 2015: Three prisoners were hanged in two different Iranian cities today, reported the Iranian state media.

Two prisoners charged with drug offences were hanged in the prison of Sari, reported the official website of the Judiciary in Mazandaran province (Northern Iran). 

The prisoners who were identified as “A. Gh.” charged with trafficking of 1400 grams of heroin, and “N. R.” for possession of 29 kilograms and 320 grams of opium, said the report.

The state run Mehr news agency reported about public execution of a prisoner in Shiraz. 

The prisoner who was not identified by name was charged with eight cases of rape, said the report. 

He was hanged in the “Ghahramanan” square of Shiraz.

The above mentioned charges have not been confirmed by independent sources.

Source: Iran Human Rights, May 31, 2015

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