2011-01-03 PsySR Open Letter on PFC Bradley Manning’s Solitary Confinement

Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR) have posted an open letter to Robert Gates calling upon him “to rectify the inhumane, harmful, and counterproductive treatment of PFC Bradley Manning immediately.”

As an organization of psychologists and other mental health professionals, PsySR is aware that solitary confinement can have severely deleterious effects on the psychological well-being of those subjected to it. We therefore call for a revision in the conditions of PFC Manning’s incarceration while he awaits trial, based on the exhaustive documentation and research that have determined that solitary confinement is, at the very least, a form of cruel, unusual and inhumane treatment in violation of U.S. law.

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