Solitary Confinement and the LGBT Community

In this video Encounter, Rev. Laura Downton from National Religious Coalition Against Torture illuminates a dark reality that is solitary confinement as a means of "protection" for LGBTQIA incarcerated people.

Facts on the matter:

  1. In 2011, the United Nations declared solitary confinement as a means of torture and recommended the banning of this practice with the exception of rare cases in which 15 days should be the maximum time permitted.
  2. Protective custody is often used as a means of "security" for LGBTQIA incarcerated people who are facing regular threats of abuse and sexual assault. This false security is ultimately solitary confinement which often results in serious psychological and physical damage.
  3. LGBTQIA persons are 13 times more likely to face sexual victimization in prisons than those who identify as heterosexual.

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