- Solitary confinement in excess of 15 days amounts to cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment, and can rise to the level of torture1 – Juan Méndez, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture
- “In the United States, more than 80,000 people are being held in solitary confinement, often in miserable conditions, for periods of time that qualify as torture.2”
- In Illinois, the current maximum amount of time a person can be held in solitary confinement is an indeterminate period of time. There is no limit on how long the State of Illinois can hold a person in solitary confinement, and many are held for periods of time that constitute torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.
- Torture is a crime.
- The State of Illinois is currently holding an unknown but knowable number of people in isolation under conditions that constitute torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.
- The Isolated Confinement Restriction Act would prohibit the state-sanctioned use of torture in the form of solitary confinement, by limiting the maximum number of days a person can be held in isolation to 5 in any 150 day period.
- The Isolated Confinement Restriction Act must be passed and implemented immediately.
- Survivors of the state-sanctioned use of torture in the form of solitary confinement must be provided reparations and treatment.
1 Can International Laws and Standards Help Curb Solitary Confinement in the United States? By AYLIN MANDURIC AUGUST 6, 2015
Supporters of the bill include:
• Torture Survivors Against Solitary
• Uptown People’s Law Center
• Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights
• Illinois Coalition Against Torture
• United Voices for Prisoners
• Black and Pink Chicago
• Eighth Day Center for Justice
• A Just Harvest
• Cabrini Green Legal Aid
• National Alliance on Mental Illness Chicago
• Sage Community Health Collective
• Communities & Relatives of Illinois Incarcerated Children