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Texas Prisoners Ask to Limit or Put an End to the Cruel Practice of Solitary Confinement

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 24, 2023

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Sarai Bejarano | Manager of Traditional & Digital Media | [email protected] | 212-739-7581 

Latino Civil Rights Group Support Texas Prisoners in Hunger Strike to End Cruel Solitary Confinement
The following statement can be attributed to Jorge Renaud, National Criminal Justice Director at LatinoJustice PRLDEF:

NEW YORK, NY“LatinoJustice PRLDEF wholeheartedly supports the efforts of dozens of people held across several Texas prisons who have been engaging in a hunger strike for two weeks. We call on the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to immediately move to improve conditions and dismantle the apparatus for administrative segregation, a form of solitary confinement that has been called ‘psychological torture’ without any rehabilitative purpose. About 3,100 people currently live in nearly round-the-clock solitary confinement in Texas prisons, and over 500 of them, almost all Latino, have been held like this for at least 10 years, condemned to this inhumane treatment for alleged membership in so-called prison gangs. Denying these people any human contact, meaningful education, participation in religious worship or, in some cases, walking outside in the sun, does nothing to improve safety and security and is ruinously detrimental to their health. We have seen that all meaningful reform of prison systems has begun inside prison walls, and LatinoJustice stands with all individuals involved in this non-violent protest to be recognized as humans and treated with dignity.”

 

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LatinoJustice PRLDEF works to create a more just society by using and challenging the rule of law to secure transformative, equitable and accessible justice, by empowering our community and by fostering leadership through advocacy and education. For 50 years, LatinoJustice PRLDEF has acted as an advocate against injustices throughout the country. To learn more about LatinoJustice, visit www.LatinoJustice.org