Putting People in Solitary is Torture, So Let’s Stop

(Portrait by Neil Grabowsky / Montclair Film Festival, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=53339001)

A video of a talk by John Oliver

11 a.m., April 09, 2023

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This Sunday we will discuss a 20-minute video from a recent broadcast of John Oliver’s TV show, Last Week Tonight, on solitary confinement in prison.
In 2011, the UN declared solitary confinement to be a form of torture due to its physical toll and mental anguish, and called on all countries to abolish indefinite and prolonged solitary confinement in excess of 15 days. Yet the practice still continues in the U.S. today on a large scale.
John goes into the practice and the harmful effects of solitary confinement on the victims and on the detriment effects on prison order.
WARNING: John Oliver uses ridicule and crude language to emphasize what he says. Be prepared for frequent “F-bombs”.
John Oliver is a British-American comedian, writer, political commentator, actor, and TV host. He has won fourteen Emmy Awards, two Peabody Awards, and was included in the 2015 Time 100. He tackles important issues thoughtfully, without fear or apology.
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