Thursday, February 7, 2013

From Eleanor Novek

TORTURE IS A MORAL ISSUE

Dear Friends,
On February 4, 2013, Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced that the Federal Bureau of Prisons has agreed to a first-ever comprehensive and independent assessment of its use of solitary confinement in U.S. federal prisons.  The review is to be conducted through the National Institute of Corrections. Such a review is something for which we’ve been fighting and is a critical step in eventually ending the use of prolonged solitary confinement in U.S. prisons.

We should take this opportunity to intensify our campaign to end prolonged solitary confinement. First, if you haven’t done so, we invite you to join the National Religious Campaign Against Torture's national campaign to gather endorsements from people of faith for a statement calling for government officials all across the country to take steps to end the use of prolonged solitary confinement.  Most of the maximum security prisons dedicated to solitary confinement are owned and operated by the states.  When we reach 500 endorsers from a particular state, we will send the statement, along with the list of those endorsers, to that state’s governor and top corrections official, along with every member of that state’s legislature. Most recently, we delivered 1,000 signatures to the Commissioner of Corrections in New York. Will your state be next? Please join us.

NRCAT has also produced a 20-minute film, Solitary Confinement: Torture in Your Backyard, designed to be shown in congregations or religious organizations with a discussion guide.  Now is a good time to share the film with your congregation and invite others to view it, sign the statement, and take action.

This week’s announcement follows the unprecedented Congressional hearing on solitary confinement held June 19, 2012.  Before the hearing, hundreds of people of faith across the nation participated in a 23-hour fast organized by NRCAT, symbolizing the 23 hours prisoners spend in solitary confinement cells per day.

We hope you will join us in this moment to learn, share and take action.  The new Director of U.S. Prisons Policy and Program for NRCAT, Laura Markle Downton, looks forward to working alongside you in this effort to end torture, without exception. She can be reached at ldownton@nrcat.org.

Sincerely,

Linda Gustitus, President
Rev. Richard Killmer, Executive Director

For news coverage: “U.S. Bureau of Prisons to review solitary confinement

Video from the June hearing on solitary confinement can be found at: www.judiciary.senate.gov
 
You have received this message because you signed a statement or participated in an activity of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture.
If you no longer wish to receive emails from us, please click here to unsubscribe from this mailing list.
Questions? Please email campaign@nrcat.org
National Religious Campaign Against Torture: www.tortureisamoralissue.org

1 comment:

lin liyi said...

An anti reflective and scratch proof sapphire crystal replica watches sale the dial. Protecting the movement is a caseback engraved with the US hublot replica and with the option of adding a personalized engraving. Will be available with either a black or blue dial and with the option of rado replica uk or a rubber strap with a pin buckle. At the pre order price, this is a lot of replica watches for the money. This is the sort of watch I have to see in real life in order to decide if I like its style or not. Ball has really carved out a pretty unique look for its watches. What replica watches sale me besides the price is that it only a 42mm, not some ridiculous oversized number. So in theory I should like them. But I feel these military seals on the case backs are strictly for poseurs. Shorter versions of the tubes might have been used to make the 12 and 6 numbers. That would be a bit more replica watches sale and balanced looking for the overall aesthetics.